This story accompanies Eager To Help, a feature about how recruiters are starting to tout their volunteer opportunities to attract a more community-conscious Gen Y workforce.
How much do you know about Gen Yers? Here's a snapshot:
Core qualities: confident, civic-minded, achievement-oriented, strong sense of ethics and morals, work-isn't-everything attitude
Greatest assets: collective action, optimism, tenacity, heroic spirit, multitasking capabilities, tech-savvy
Liabilities: need supervision and structure, may have trouble handling constructive feedback, fast-track career expectations, can appear cocky
Strategies for engaging/managing:
* Challenge them with meaningful work.
* Ask their opinion -- treat them as colleagues, not as children.
* Delegate projects clearly and allow them freedom and flexibility to accomplish them.
* Provide lots of timely, consistent and constructive feedback.
* Reward accomplishments with increased responsibilities and challenges.
* Place them on teams with other young, creative people.
* Support flexible work schedules when possible.
* Equip them with the latest technology.
Source: Mary Abbajay, Careerstone Group, Washington