Five engagement facts about Generation Y
- Gen Y are the least engaged members of the workplace, with only 28.9% saying that they are engaged at work. With the lure of attractive offering from other talent-seeking firms, employers need to work harder to keep Gen Y on board, satisfied and productive.
(Source Gallup 2015 www.gallup.com/poll/181289/majority-employees-not-engaged-despite-gains-2014.aspx)
- Gen Y are digital natives who are completely at ease with the modern wireless, connected world. As a result, they ‘expect the technologies that empower their personal lives to also drive communication and innovation in the workplace.’
(Source PwC www.pwc.com/m1/en/services/consulting/documents/millennials-at-work.pdf)
- Good communication between management and employees is key to engagement, and Gen Y want communication from the boss more frequently than any other generation in the workforce. (Source: Best Companies http://bestplacestoworkmillennials.com/UserFiles/File/Unlocking%20Millennial%20Talent%202015.pdf)
- Work life flexibility and greater choice in terms of where and when people can work is a top employee engagement perk. Globally it is Gen Y above other generations who are likely to put a premium on being able to telecommute one or two days a week.
(Source EY www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Our-people-and-culture/EY-study-highlights-people-want-flexibility)
- While they have been described by managers as needing more support and guidance in the workplace and being more difficult to manage than any other generation of workers, Gen Y are also cited as the generation most incentivised by reward and praise.
(Source Cascade HR http://www.hrreview.co.uk/hr-news/strategy-news/millennials-are-the-most-demanding-workforce-according-to-uk-bosses/61106)