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View of authority held by generation Y

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Despite common beliefs to the contrary, generation Y is one of the most respectful generations, possibly even rivaling the builder / traditionalist generation. Those that have figured out how to connect with this generation find they are loyal and dedicated hard workers.

The key to leading and gaining respect from this generation is to roll up one sleeves and work side-by-side with them. This will not be necessary through an entire project that is essential at the beginning of any new procedure or policy. Members of the generation will give respect to anyone who understands what is going on the front lines of workplace. They know their supervisor has different skill sets and they do so they do not want a supervisor to tell them precisely how to do something as a so common with traditional managers. Contemporary managers, on the other hand, find this generation to be exceptionally good to work with because they are very loyal to their profession.

This is not something a leader can take. Unless and until those in generation Y have seen you earn their respect there will be conflict. But earn their respect and you will see quality and productivity increase dramatically.

From a series on generational cultures from getmaximpact.com. Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

This is excerpted from a series on generational cultures from getmaximpact.com. Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

Learn more about today’s generations:

  • Builders / Traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
  • Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
  • Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
  • Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998

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