Generation Y Hierarchy – Things Are Changing for the Better
If you compare the young working class of today with the young working class from a decade or two ago, the two couldn’t be more different. There have been a lot of negative things spoken about today’s young professionals – they have been described as feisty, stubborn, or aggressive, especially when compared to their more docile and subordinate predecessors. But these so-called faults may actually be advantageous in the work environment, when used appropriately.
Take business hierarchy, for instance. In a company, there was a time when it was always apparent who the boss is. He is the one that walks around with an air of authority about him, and that everyone else follows without question. He gives orders and commands and everyone obeys. But if you walk into an office today and observe the generation Y employees at work, you would probably think one of them is the boss, judging by the way they act.
It’s not that they are just arrogant by nature. Many of the Generation Y crowd are actually highly intelligent and have bright ideas to contribute, and they are simply not afraid to speak their minds. They will not mindlessly follow orders when they know that there is a better way to do things. Indeed, they can usually come up with efficient solutions to business problems that could eventually propel the company towards massive success.
Keeping Generation Y Happy
Many of the top companies in the world do realize the potential of Generation Y, which is why they have already made some changes that cater more to these junior employees. Some of these changes include versatile work shifts, non-tracking of attendance, more global assignments, immersion in social projects, and reverse mentoring.
Also, gone are the days when employees are kept in the office doing long hours of overtime work. Some will still work overtime if there is really a pressing need for it but the work starts to get in the way of family time or other personal matters, most young employees now know how to say no.
While some old-timers may think that these modifications only serve to spoil the younger employees, the results show otherwise. According to statistical data, the happier the young employees are with their working conditions, the better their performance gets. In other words, it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Besides, if companies don’t keep their employees happy, there’s a good chance that they are going to lose their workers. The Gen Y crowd, particularly those that are good at their craft, is confident that there will always be another company out there that will hire them should they decide to transfer. Again, they are not really being arrogant in this way – they just know how to play their cards right, which is actually quite a smart thing to do.
The New Hierarchy
Because of the new attitude that young workers now have when it comes to work, there is now also a new hierarchy in businesses. Of course, there are still owners, bosses and supervisors, as well as employees and lower-ranking staff, but there is now much more equality across the board as compared to before.
The names for the positions have also changed. Managers and supervisors are now more popularly known as team leaders, while employees and staff are called team members. This reflects the new kind of cooperation that exists in businesses, where every single person pulls their weight for the benefit of the company. It also serves to keep the younger crowd motivated and happy with their job, which will in turn result in greater productivity and more success for the company.
The old way. How many managers does it take to dig a hole?