Our cover story for the latest issue of our magazines answers a number of questions raised by managers and human resources professionals around the world. They are finding it increasingly difficult to manage and retain this group of younger professionals. In the feature, I speak to Kai Peters, CEO of Ashridge Business School, which recently conducted research on this very topic. Their insights outline the key characteristics , strengths and weaknesses of Generation Y. What is most interesting, is the sharp contrast in career priorities that these professional have compared to their predecessors.

Overall, Generation Y has a lot to offer, but needs a better set of incentives and more recognition from their managers, in order to be more motivated to bring in results. Some of the best methods that have been recently adopted by organisations include reverse mentoring, where younger professionals are invited to share their voice in high-level meetings, as well as calculated rotation programmes, where employees have the option to move to a different job role every eight months or so.

To read the feature article please click here.

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Joumana Saad

Before joining SME Advisor, I worked as a producer/reporter for Forbes Media in New York. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and International Studies at the University of South Florida in the US. I am currently in Dubai working as Sub-Editor for SME Advisor Middle East, which is a business magazine published by CPI. You can follow me on Twitter: @joumanasaad or @SMEadvisorME and (Joumana Saad) or (SME Advisor) on LinkedIn.