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years of work experience. So in simple terms a young professional is
someone who is between the ages of 23 and 30. These individuals are also
known as Millennials or the Generation Y. Generation Y is referred to as the
age to enter the workforce and the workforce is in need of them. It is also the
fastest-growing segment of the workforce.
It is estimated that only 19 percent of young employees are actively engaged
at work at any one time, while another 19 percent are actively disengaged.
Disengaged employees directly harm productivity. And employees are
3 disengaged owing to boredom (of different sorts) and resort to personal
emails, surfing the Internet, playing online games, drinking while at work,
even falling asleep and abusing drugs, all of which usually leads to the
divorce between the employee and the company eventually. And the prime
solution for employees to avoid this downward spiral is to remain engaged.
Companies spend an enormous amount of time and money trying to keep
their employees actively engaged and committed. On the brighter side, active
engagement at work improves individual wellbeing and attendance, employee
retention, effort and performance, quality, sales performance, income and
turnover, profit, customer satisfaction, shareholder return, business growth,
So we can define employee engagement as an activity which starts from
recruitment and succeeds / culminates with retentions. HR directors need to
understand the psyche of these recent graduates to successfully integrate
them into the workplace. They need to grasp the young professional’s
attitudes, ethics and the things he/she values. Career development programs,
for example, are win-win situations for both the employer and the employee,
and the organization as a whole. This Generation Y is very different from
previous generations, and they have their pros and cons.
PROS: They are demanding, have high expectations and aim to work faster
and better than others. They thrive in collaborative environments. They
expect a lot from themselves...
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- Winter '14
- Generation Y, Young Workers, young professionals, young employees