Managing Generation Y'ers

Harnessing the Talent of a New Generation

Young professional in meeting.

Get the best from your Gen Y'ers

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Valeria is an experienced manager, and she has been leading high-performing teams for more than 20 years. Recently, however, she's taken on some young professionals, and she's not having as much success with them as she's had in the past. 

One reason for this is that she's always specified exactly how she wants work to be completed. But many of the people on her new team aren't responding well to this approach. What could she do differently?

In general, people born in the late 1970s and onward have had a different upbringing from their older colleagues. This means that you may have to take a slightly different approach to managing people from this group, if you want to get the best from them.

In this article, we'll look at the challenges and rewards of managing "Generation Y'ers." We'll also review strategies that you can use to manage and motivate this group more effectively.


This article is a general guide only. Use it to think about how to manage your people more effectively, but remember that people are individuals, and need to be treated as such.

About Generation Y

Generation Y (also known as the Millennial Generation) usually refers to people born in the late-1970s, '80s, and '90s. Generally, people in their teens, 20s, or early 30s fall into this "Gen Y" group.

While everyone is different, many Gen Y'ers have several things in common. For example:

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