Gen Y – The Same in Every Culture?

Human resource practitioners need to adopt a different approach to attract and retain Generation Y workers, said the Singapore Human Resources Institute.

According to its recent survey, 7 in 10 Generation Y workers aged between 19 and 30 think it is normal to job-hop, and they also want instant recognition for their work.

But this poses a problem for human resource practitioners.

“If we are not able to meet their expectations in that area, they may not feel committed to the position or to the company… and so they may leave after some years. That is something we need to tackle,” said Joanne Lim, a HR practitioner.

The survey also revealed that Generation Y workers prefer younger supervisors who are aged 40 and below, and they expect them to be open minded, understanding and easy to get along with.

“If employers can better understand this group of people with regards to their value system, the way they would like to be seen and work, the way they want to collaborate with the older generation in the workforce, then I think we can better harness ways on what this (group of) Gen Y workers can bring to the business,” said David Ang, executive director of the Singapore Human Resources Institute.

The institute said companies should review their existing HR practices and adopt more flexible policies for this group of workers.

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