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Generation Y: The road of respect and complementarity (II)

By: Walter V. Martínez

Consulting Partner



The members of Generation Y have had vast exposure to technology and continuous access to information and interconnection.


This makes them highly skilled at performing multiple tasks, flexible when faced with change, highly qualified in the creation of social networks and group activities, innovative when it comes to seeking solutions, and in addition, they possess a multidimensional view of opportunities.


However, the challenge for senior management is to be able to cultivate in these high-potential people other competencies such as meeting standards of expectation, taking care of their jobs, cautiousness, and actively listening to those “older guys” who have already lived through times of crisis like these.


The perception people have of this group is that they take longer to mature, are anxious and think only in the short-term, have a different level of commitment and care when it comes to their personal lives, and are easily discouraged.


In this regard, having to experience a more competitive labor market with less opportunities, receiving so much information on “the crisis,” and the messages they get at home and work will surely help them to look and value in a different way what their current employer is offering them, and be more cautious prior to hastily changing jobs.


Since no generation is better or worse than the other, the time in which we are living in will be a great opportunity for everyone, regardless of their age, to walk along the road of learning to respect each other, complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, have open dialogue and work collaboratively and positively as a team.