As a previous professor, I have a special interest in Generation Y individuals and co-authored the following book which was publsihed in July 2009 and now available in bookstores and online.
Y in the Workpace: Managing the "Me First" Generation
Flip-flops, iPods, MySpace, “Dude,” Instant Messaging. Whatever happened to dress shoes, sir/ma’am, in-person meetings, and traditional work etiquette?
A workplace revolution is underway, one that is stimulating new methods of thinking, behaving, communicating, and doing business as Generation Y continues to infiltrate the workplace and influence corporate culture. This revolution is lead by approximately 60 million Gen Yers, the largest group to hit the workforce since the 72 million baby boomers. Company owners and managers are worried, because this generation has created its own unique culture...and demands.
Y in the Workplace illustrates how the values, attitudes, and expectations of Generation Y have had an impact on corporate environments, intergenerational functioning, and management strategies. To help this generation successfully transition into the workplace while creating a shared vision, theauthors provide the following:
• Psychological insight into the character of this generation.
• Strengths and challenges that Generation Y is bringing to the workplace.
• Coaching strategies and ways to harness their strengths, minimize their weaknesses, and illuminate their talents.
• Hope about their abilities as supervisors and managers, and about their positive impact on the future of your company
Whether you are a small business owner, manager, HR professional, teacher or co-worker of Generation Y this book is a must-read to gain insight into this generation. If you are a part of Generation Y, check out this book and see what your managers struggle with and how your generation thinks and behaves as a whole in the workplace.