Written by Guest Author | February 9, 2015
Even if you’ve been working with recruitment experts for many years, there are always new things to learn about the labour market. Just consider how different the workforce of 2015 is to those of past years and decades, for example.
The people who are entering the employment market for the first time this year are certainly motivated by different things, have different ways of communicating and have different expectations of the workplace than the older generation.
Here is what you need to know to ensure that you integrate them into your own company successfully.
How the worker of the past thought and acted
The ‘old school’, traditional employee was one who worked from 9 to 5, in a corporate office. They used their employer’s equipment, did pre-defined work and cared more about what they were doing than what the results of that were for the wider business.
An employee of the past would also be more likely to hoard information than share it, and would not only have no voice of their own, but aspire to climb an existing corporate ladder. They would use email to communicate, be focused on the accumulation of knowledge and their learning and teaching would also be corporate in nature.
How the worker of the future differs
Of course, there are many strains of the aforementioned ‘worker of the past’ in the current labour market. After all, you may have many in your company who have spent decades in the workforce.
However, there’s also a new breed of worker who takes a decidedly different approach to so many aspects of their job. They are much more likely to work at any time rather than to set hours, for instance. It’s also much more probable that they will work anywhere, and with any device.
Such workers have their eye on outputs rather than inputs, eschew the traditional corporate ladder in favour of their own ladder and like customised, rather than pre-defined work. They’re also inclined to share information and, far from being voiceless, are able to become leaders.
The right management is essential
From the use of collaborative technologies over old-fashioned email to a more democratised approach to learning and teaching, there are so many other ways in which the worker of the future takes a very different approach to their elder colleagues.
In the modern multi-generational workplace, it naturally isn’t possible to please everyone. However, you can still please a majority through the right management of talent. Achieving that, in turn, depends on a true understanding of your workers’ sometimes greatly varying motivations, expectations and preferences.