Today’s HR Roundup post is pulled from the archives. This post went live back in 2007, but it is still more relevant than ever in determining how to motivate generation Y and, more importantly, how to continue to think about recognition as a means to motivate your workforce in general.
The post comes from SHRM’s site and covers a study from Leadership IQ regarding a survey of over 11,000 respondents. The key finding that the post describes is that of workers age 21-30, just 39% say they are recognized sufficiently by their manager and only 30% would recommend their workplace to their friends. Mark Murphy, the head of Leadership IQ attributes this discontent with the level of recognition and praise they’re receiving at the office, saying that 6 out of 10 of the respondents are losing motivation because they aren’t receiving enough praise from their bosses. The same questions posed to those between 61-70 found that 47% would recommend their workplace to a friend. That considerable jump likely isn’t the workplace itself, its about the practices of management within those workplaces in how they manage and motivate different generations of workers.
The blog post goes on to say that it isn’t simply a lack of recognition in the workforce that is the problem, its that the expectation of recognition has changed generationally – the level of praise that was sufficient 10 years ago is insufficient with the new workforce. Managers need to understand each generation is motivated by something different. Luckily, for Gen Y workers, often times that is a simple “Thank You” or “Good Job” either privately or in front of their colleauges – and that fix is not only quick, but its free too!