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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gen Y

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gen Y

Generation Y

    Generation Y’ers have overtaken the job market by storm and they have brought their own agenda with them. They aren’t hard to spot either. You may see them armed with casual attitudes, flip flops or earbuds stuck in their ears. To be frank, things are changing in the workplace. Fast. Current college graduates and the flooding pool of new and viable workers are redefining what it means to be productive at work. These changes mean big things for every player in the workplace, employee or boss.

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    But why should you be concerned? As we speak there are sixty year old employees working side by side with the twenty somethings. The generational transition between the Millennials and those who are currently in the work force is a dramatic one. For many workers in management as a Generation Y it can be awkward for them to manage older employees since they are so much younger. 22 year old employees report lying about their age to command respect from their colleagues who are 2-3 decades older.

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    Successful companies are adapting their management styles in order to meet the needs of these new employees.

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    Let’s get down to business

    1. Millennials ask questions. Lots of them. For those of you who identify with the population I speak of, you know what I mean. Talking back to your parents, questioning motives, gathering information and squeezing knowledge out of every facet of life. To the older generations this can seem disrespectful. To the young whipper-snappers, this is how they generate meaningful connections and relationships in the workplace. Be as understanding as possible when dealing with questions. Even if you’ve addressed the same question until you’re blue in the face, remain patient.
    2. No expectation of stability. Our new worker bees are not expecting to stay in one job for very long. In fact, the average worker should expect to occupy at least 8-12 jobs in their entire lifetime. Each of these jobs being no more than 4 years in length. This means there is a higher pressure on management to train their employees with higher efficacy. Utilizing procedures that train employees to communicate effectively like the TrueColors assessment will teach Y’ers to identify the nuances of navigating their new environment.
    3. Don’t wake them up before noon. Studies have shown that whether we like it or not, we are hard wired genetically to be either night owls or early birds. For a progressive company this means destroying the 9-5 philosophy. 2.8 million Americans telecommute today and the number is expected to increase. Telecommuters have the convenience of developing their own schedule and this philosophy can easily be adapted for Millennials who need more coddling in the daily scheduling department. Work load may not be the same every day. Try balancing out your hours or allowing your workers to set their own deadlines for projects. Working together one on one is the best way to create harmony with your boss.
    4. The fine line between work and play is now even finer. Expectations of flexibility on the job is at an all time high. Did someone say more vacation time? Yes, and sprinkling the hours of the day with variable productivity. Growing up with technology in hand created an expectation of instant gratifications in the workplace and with project feedback. Next time your team completes a project, respond as quickly as possible with a pat on the back or ideas for improvement. Immediate progress reports help to keep Y’ers on track.
    5. Cut the fat out of everything. Every aspect of the Gen Y work day is centered around doing only the most pertinent tasks. When efficiency is the name of the game, you’ll find that long and drawn out procedural strategic sessions will become more focused on getting the information necessary to proceed, then off to detox before beginning on the project. Encourage Y’ers to strive for the efficiency they crave.
    The future is filled with flexible work schedules, open communication, creative thinking and employee empowerment at all levels. It’s no wonder that companies like Apple and Google are so successful. Their models of business break free from the chains of bureaucracy by adopting a model that goes from the ground up. It values the opinions of people who seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things. How many good ideas are lost in other companies who do not allow all members of their team to contribute to the direction of the company?

    Applying the basics

    Consider these basics as an employee or employer. Especially in the current economic climate, businesses that are dynamic and scalable with their market environment are more successful. Not just by a little. Exponentially. Generation Y is the future of corporate America and the good news is, they are very talented. Learning how to direct the skills of these new workers from both sides of the spectrum will be the single most important factor to success from 2011, and beyond.
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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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