What Every Manager Should Know About Managing Gen Y

By Meagan Johnson and Larry Johnson

Welcome, Generation Y
Born between 1980 and 1995, Generation Y boasts 70.4 million members, representing 26% of the population and more than 35% of the workforce. Like any group of people, you will find some difficult or impossible to manage, but with most, you'll do just fine as long as you're willing to work with their idiosyncrasies.

Generation Y has different work requirements and expectations than the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who manage them. Understanding these differences will help managers to be effective and their Gen Yers to flourish.

The goals for managing Generation Y include:

  1. Help them integrate into the work setting without scaring them off or turning them off.
  2. Provide them with solid primary experiences that lay the groundwork for their careers.
  3. Keep them from self-destructing.

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