Gen Y are truly unique as workers in comparison to their predecessors, but how exactly has a lifetime of technological finesse and connectivity affected their attitudes in the workforce?

Perhaps the most surprising yet proven millennial perspective is the marginal role of financial benefits in a career. Research has shown that Gen Y is the most optimistic generation yet, and this optimism has paved the way for some unique expectations. Millennials are more likely to be more responsive to a company that aligns itself with their own behaviour and values, as opposed to one that provides numerous financial perks – something that would have been of great interest for Gen X or the baby boomers. And what are these values exactly? For the most part, collaboration and mobility.

Gen Y members believe in a collaborative management structure; rigid hierarchies have no place in the 21st century. Millennials believe in addressing the needs of the individual as a manager and in contributing ideas and opinions as an employee.

Mobility and flexibility in the workplace are also key. According to a recent study by, millennials respond to a decentralised work structure. 76 % of those asked admitted to feeling more responsive to a job description if telecommuting was a part of it, and 85% are more likely to stay in a job if mobile work is a regular opportunity.

It is the positive outlook and the can-do attitude that sets apart Gen Y from previous generations. They see possibilities in new areas, and money is no longer a driving force for employees. A heightened awareness that is inspired by technological ability has bred a generation of workers with innovative ideas and self-motivation – the possibilities seem to be endless.

MOVE Guides is launching the world’s first dedicated Gen-Y Zone for HR and mobility professionals. Generation-Y is set to dominate the working population in the near future and new strategies and tools will be needed accommodate them. At MOVE Guides, we hope to facilitate this conversation by creating a space where professionals can access a highly curated list of the best reports, videos, presentations and talks about Gen Y.

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Brynne Herbert

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