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What Gen Y Wants At Work


“Gen Y workers want more than an office and a paycheck- they want to be part of a collaborative network.”

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6 Responses to “What Gen Y Wants At Work”

  1. Diane
    February 17, 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    Here is a Gen X’er who feels the same way. I hate these labels that try to differentiate rather than include. Digital native/smative. Attitudes and desire overcome age.

  2. Simon
    February 18, 2007 at 2:31 am #

    And of course the industrial psychology literature has been saying this for a long time. I agree 100% with the statement, but it applies to workers of all generations, not just Y.

  3. Brandy
    February 18, 2007 at 8:52 am #

    Guess what? People of all ages want a cooperative atmosphere that goes beyond the usual military-inspired hierarchical organizations we are all slotted into. Survival in such institutions often means being worn down to the point that you take the check and/or office and keep to yourself because you’ve been wounded too much by trying to be “colleagues” in a power-saturated atmosphere.

  4. sahil
    February 26, 2007 at 1:28 am #

    As Gen Y Workers Opt Out Of 9-5 Careers, New Resources Emerge
    TROY, Mich. (February 7, 2007) – This year staffing experts expect one
    workplace trend to continue: Gen Y employees seeking balance between their
    work and lifestyle.
    A few years ago, two studies confirmed that younger workers were increasingly
    seeking more than just salary from their employers. Mercer Human Resources
    Consulting found that 83% of workers in the 18-24 age group were motivated by
    flexibility, while only 73% were motivated by salary. A Kelly Services study
    revealed that “Free Agents” (individuals who prioritize work life balance, and who
    work largely un-tethered to an organization) already represent 28% of the
    workforce and that Free Agency as a trend will continue to grow thanks in part to
    Gen Y employees joining the ranks.
    Additionally, by 2014, the Hispanic labor force is expected to reach 25.8 million,
    according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with younger Hispanics driving a
    significant portion of that growth.
    “Younger workers are, more than ever, looking for a place to contribute
    immediately, grow skills, and gain experience that carries them into the next
    phase of their career,” said Josie Huber, Senior Manager, Recruiting and
    Retention, Kelly Services.
    By continuing to use the web for job searching, Gen Y has pushed the new wave
    of job search sites, like, to new levels of popularity. Picking up on
    this trend, Kelly Services recently launched, a
    microsite with information, job search tools and resources and entertainment for
    Gen Y. The site features free weekly interview tips delivered via mobile phone,
    case studies featuring Gen Y Free Agents and cell phone ringtones from indie
    music company Beta Records. Visitors can also watch video podcasts starring
    Efren Ramirez, whose character, “Pedro”, in the film Napoleon Dynamite has a
    Gen Y cult following.
    “We hope will show this nimble, self-assured and idealistic
    group that opportunities offering the flexibility and challenge they desire are
    available, and provide tools that support their quest to find them,” Huber said.
    Links Of Interest (Kelly Free Agent site) (Spanish version of Free Agent site)
    (article on Mercer study) (article on Kelly study) (Wikipedia
    entry on Free Agents) ( job search site)
    For additional information, interviews or extra multimedia content, please send an
    e-mail to or call 248-244-4305

  5. attica
    March 7, 2007 at 6:58 am #

    Doesn’t it all boil down to the fact that people don’t want to work with jerks? Whether you are a baby boomer, “Gen X’r”, “Gen Y’r”, or any other catchy (pointless) generation label, you don’t want to dread coming to work for any reason. I’ve had two jobs recently in two different environments. I worked behind a desk as an accountant with a major firm with tons of backstabbing coworkers and I worked on a roadside crew cutting weeds with people that I knew would watch my back. Even though I made pennies on the dollar compared to the desk job, the weedcutting was the better job because I felt secure.

  6. Craig Mack
    March 7, 2007 at 10:02 am #

    Who the heck is Gen Y? And why did we start so far back in the alphabet? There can only be 1 more generation (Gen Z) and then I suppose it will be Armageddon. Nice work people who label generations. You just hastened the end of the world. By the way, I’m supposed to be doing work but instead I am commenting on this piece. My generation doesn’t want to work.

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