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Managing & Motivating Employees in Their Twenties
Being a twenty something employee in an industry renowned for Baby Boomers, I found this article extremely pertinent to my situation. Gen X’s perception of twenty somethings can sometimes be skewed when it comes to determining motivation. This is not their fault; we’ve been brought up in different generations with dissimilar ideals and moulded by unique events.
The Harvard Business Review article, written by Michael Fertik, explains the techniques he uses to manage Gen Y’s in his business. Fertik explains how Gen Y’s view rewards and consequences, which may be a stark contrast from the previous generation. In doing so, he details twelve situations in which a manager may have to alter their technique to motivate young employees.
Being a 28 year old employee, I can definitely vouch for Fertik’s techniques, and have had the fortunate opportunity to experience these situations in practice. Using his suggested techniques will not only enable learning but also work to engage young employees. Fertik concludes that understanding motivational differences is key to properly and effectively managing young employees.
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