Manage and Motivate Gen Y Employees

Key Points

  • Recognize Gen Y and Millennial employees as those born after 1980 through the year 2002, although the specific years are debatable. This generation is also known as echo boomers.
  • Focus on Gen Y and Millennial employee retention. Younger employees have encountered extremely high unemployment rates, so targeted recruitment and hiring efforts are not of particular concern. However, Gen Y employees often change jobs. Package salary, work hours, annual leave and other employment terms and privileges with incentives that motivate younger workers, such as gym memberships or telecommuting options. Bundling rewards in this manner will attract and retain younger employees, and keep them motivated and on task in an employee-poaching business environment.
  • Encourage creativity, productivity and emphasize technological efficiency. However, guard against technological abuses, such as trade secret theft or computer piracy.

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