Younger Workers Expect More from the Workplace

Well, it is official. An employee satisfaction survey published this year by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that younger workers expect more from the workplace.

On 11 workplace characteristics, ranging from career advancement to work life balance, those under 35 rated every characteristic as more important than their older counterparts.

SHRM members can read the full report at:

To me, this finding isn’t surprising. I do not believe Gen X, Gen Y issue. It has more to do with where they are in their career, their time in the workforce.

Instead of seeing their high expectations as problem, see them as an opportunity. High Expectations can translate into high enthusiasm – with a proactive manager or supervisor.

  • Be a career coach
  • Look for great opportunities/challenges for your team members
  • Get them the training they need

Copyright 2007 Cindy Ventrice


My name is Cindy Ventrice. I am the author of the best-selling book Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works and the companion guide Recognition Strategies That Work.

My work has been quoted in The New York Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Workforce Magazine, and Tim Sanders' book The Likeability Factor.

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