Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, born in 1984, is perhaps the ultimate member of Generation Y: people born between 1977 and 1995. Nearly 80 million strong in the US, Gen Yers – also known as Millennials, Echo Boomers and Net Gens – are joining the workforce in huge numbers. Whatever you call them, you have to understand Gen Yers as employees and as consumers. In his eye-opening report on how to adapt – or “Y-Size” – your firm, Jason Ryan Dorsey, a Millennial and a consultant known as the “Gen Y Guy,” describes his peers, covering what they want, how they think, and why they are narcissistic, entitled, blunt, fearless, optimistic, high-maintenance, high-performing and confident. While he may paint with a broad brush, he creates a multifaceted portrait. To recruit, retain and engage Gen Yers, and to mitigate conflict between them and the other three generations in your workplace, getAbstract recommends Dorsey’s information to all managers seeking perspective about the generations now in the workplace.
In this summary, you will learn
- Who Gen Yers are and what makes them tick;
- How to recruit, engage and retain Millennials; and
- How “Y-Sizing” will benefit your firm.
About the Author
Jason Ryan Dorsey, a Millennial known as the “Gen Y Guy,” is an entrepreneur and author. He wrote his first book, Graduate to Your Perfect Job, at the age of 18.
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5 years agoThis book is clearly written by somebody who is not a Gen Y and does not respect them. I find some of the comments patronizing, negative and ageist. "Having to stress that 'good enough' is unacceptable and that they must always go all-out to do their best work" – this is the complete opposite to my experience, in that Gen Y’s need to understand that ‘good enough’ is OK in some circumstances and not every project has to be gold standard.
Some of the suggestions are useful i.e. Develop a project-based internship program that offers more than shuffling paper. Give interns real responsibilities for actual projects. However I’m concerned this book will do more damage than good when advising people how to view the Gen Y population. As an official ‘Gen Yer’ – I’m completely turned off, and that is because I feel judged and underestimated.