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Talent Management Excellence Essentials January 2015

Inspiring Your Future Workforce Career Progression Often, Gen Y workers are dubbed unreliable job-hoppers. Here organisations will do well to work on staff retention plans and continuous professional development. Provide them the right opportunities at the right time to excel at what they do, bearing in mind their interests. Freedom and Flexibility Gen Y employees are truly knowledge workers who are used to options and alternatives on their side. Therefore, allowing them the freedom to pursue goals in their own way is advisable. Managers should allow these employees to make choices as to how to best achieve results and give them the flexibility to work from anywhere. Coaching and Mentoring 95% of Gen Z and 85% of Gen Y cited their ideal manager as a coach or mentor figure. They also expect their leaders to be effective communicators and good listeners. Managers should be authentic and lead from the front and by example or adopt servant leadership, instead of a commanding or directive style. These younger generations need guidance through mentoring rather than control and micro-management. Feedback & Recognition Gen Y put emphasis on personal interaction and acknowledge-ment. By providing feedback and acknowledging progress, you can make a Gen Y worker feel purposeful. A highly engaging and interactive management style characterised by open com-munication works best for this generation. Offer rewards and recognition for their contributions as they are motivated by instant gratification. Work-life Balance Gen Y values work-life balance more than other generations, their motto being “work smarter, not harder”. Balance can be restored by reducing time spent on things like commuting by making arrangements for them to work from home, for example. Gen Y workers value open-minded employers in this respect. Gen Z prefers to work for an organisation that offers flexible Talent Management excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 01.2015 Submit your Articles 15


Talent Management Excellence Essentials January 2015
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