Video:Learn About Gen Y Characteristicswith Sally Kane
Learning Gen Y characteristics is important when working with legal professionals who are in their 20's and are just entering the workforce. Here are some basic Gen Y characteristics.See Transcript
Transcript:Learn About Gen Y CharacteristicsBorn in the mid-1980's and later, Generation Y legal professionals are in their 20s and are just entering the workforce. With numbers estimated as high as 70 million, Generation Y (also known as the Millennials) is the fastest growing segment of today's workforce.
Gen Y Professionals are Tech-SavvyThese young professionals grew up with technology and rely on it to perform their jobs better. Armed with BlackBerrys, laptops, cellphones and other gadgets, Generation Y is plugged in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This generation prefers to communicate through e-mail and text messaging rather than face-to-face contact and prefers webinars and online technology to traditional lecture-based presentations.
Gen Y is Family-CentricThe fast-track has lost much of its appeal for Generation Y who is willing to trade high pay for fewer billable hours, flexible schedules and a better work/life balance. Generation Y legal professionals have a different vision of workplace expectations and prioritize family over work.
Gen Y is Achievement-OrientedNurtured and pampered by parents who did not want to make the mistakes of the previous generation, Generation Y is confident, ambitious and achievement-oriented. They have high expectations of their employers, seek out new challenges and are not afraid to question authority.
Gen Y is Team-OrientedAs children, Generation Y participated in team sports, play groups and other group activities. They value teamwork and seek the input and affirmation of others. Part of a no-person-left-behind generation, Generation Y is loyal, committed and wants to be included and involved.
Gen Y Craves AttentionGeneration Y craves attention in the forms of feedback and guidance. They appreciate being kept in the loop and seek frequent praise and reassurance.
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