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Generation Y And Their Love Of Social Responsibility

How to work with Millennials ...



Over the past few weeks, many of you will have been following Jake's adventures in South Africa helping to build a House of Hope. It's been such a fulfilling experience for him ...

Jake (left) and his team at the highest pub in Africa!

Jake (left) and his team at the highest pub in Africa!

The trip was only available to the under 25s, or 'Generation Y' as we call them in polite society. I do have to admit to a few pangs of envy as I read new blog posts documenting Jake's journey.

It's not so much the humping of bricks and wheelbarrowing of sand, but more the hikes up stunning mountains and trips out on safari. And, of course, it's that Jake is doing something to make a real and positive difference to people's lives.

I recognise the motivations of Generation Y and ensure that any personal development opportunities I discover for the team at Essendon are always recommended to them.

When Jake and I first talked about the trip and I offered him the time off and flight costs he needed, he immediately said yes. Firstly because it was for a good cause, but also because the adventure played to the following Generation Y traits:

  • They embrace change

  • Learning and developing their skills is a prime motivator

  • They like to be in a socially responsible environment

  • They like team participation

  • They like a challenge

If you employ staff and are part of Generation X (you were born anytime from the mid-60s to the mid-80s), and don’t currently have a Generation Y (otherwise known as Millenials) in your team you soon will ... so take time to understand them.

In the workplace, they like a flat business structure. Too many levels above them make them feel stifled and they enjoy close relationships and frequent feedback from supervisors. They prefer a structured environment, but also feel a free flow of information, both up and down, is essential to job satisfaction.

They have been brought up surrounded by a lot of technology. Everything from mobile phones, iPads, and the internet are the norm for General Y, so remember to make use of their technology skills as well.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to read more about Jake's Journey, then do click here to visit his blog and if you're thinking of employing your first Generation Y staff member and would like some advice, then do call me on 01908 774320 and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent

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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.