Gen Y employees are often stereotyped as having unrealistic salary expectations and a poor work ethic, but by understanding how to work with younger employees and creating programs that allow them to network, learn, and feel part of the company, you can help them become your next leaders. Connect Gen Y talent to senior leaders with cross-generational mentoring programs for executive exposure and sponsorship. The young talent pool can support recruiting events, help in product development and marketing initiatives, and discuss new trends and how to leverage the latest technology (most of Gen Y doesn’t know a world without computers). Younger employees will benefit from the training and development, and managers will benefit from an engaged cohort of energetic, driven employees.
Adapted from “You’re Probably Wrong About Millennials” by Dan Schawbel.