What Your Gen Y Employees Can Teach You About Attracting, Retaining, and Engaging Talent
By David Lee Founder, humanNature@Work | June 19, 2011
This is the most high-maintenance workforce in the history of the world."* *"Supervising employees now requires more time and skill. - Bruce Tulgan, author of *Generational Shift: What We Saw At The Workplace Revolution
While much is written about-and many lament-the new generation of workers, Gen Y employees offer employers a hidden gift that employers, managers, and "experts" fail to recognize.
Gen Y employees offer a critical gift to the astute employer: an early warning signal that can help them improve employee engagement, morale, and retention for ALL employees.
When it comes to the employee experience you deliver, when it comes to attracting, retaining, and engaging talent, your Gen Y employees are your Canary in the Coal Mine.
In case you're not familiar with the term, it comes from the early days of coal mining, when miners would bring a canary into the mine as an early warning sign. Being more sensitive to CO2 levels than humans, the canary would flop over dead before the levels got dangerous to humans. Thus, their demise would save the miner's lives.
Gen Y Employees Can Be YOUR Canary in the Coal Mine If You Let Them