3 March 2015

How are Generation Y women changing the workplace?

Generation Y women are challenging the notion that women are less confident in the workplace. According to a recent survey they tend to score higher for contemporary leadership skills than their male peers. Read on to find out how are Gen Y women changing the working landscape…

As Generation Y – also known as the Millennials – become the biggest proportion of the workforce, how could this change the workplace?

Shifting landscape
Talent management firm Hudson expects Generation Y women to soon smash through the glass ceiling.

Its Great Generational Shift report reveals a notable change in the nature of leadership in the workplace, with younger women, those in their twenties, ideally positioned to make it to the top.

According to the research, they are more helpful, meticulous, organised and socially confident than their male counterparts, bringing a fresh set of skills to the business landscape of today – and tomorrow – as opposed to the traditional traits of persuasion, confidence and extraversion.

Its authors claim these qualities will help them successfully navigate a data-driven future, where leaders will be required to sift through mounds of information and translate it into meaningful insights.

Greater flexibility
Both men and women in Generation Y are juggling multiple balls at once. They want the best of both worlds – family and work – and are demanding more flexible work hours and the freedom to telecommute.

Leading companies have taken note and adjusted their policies accordingly in a bid to attract the top talent. In turn, the role of women in the workplace is changing, as they can fulfil more demanding jobs while still meeting their familial commitments.

And with Generation Y and its successors predicted to account for three quarters of the global workforce by 2025, according to the US Census Bureau, employers will have to adhere to flexibility demands even more. Cue a pipeline of women primed for leadership roles.

In this piece for Guardian Professional, business consultant Trang Chu argues that Baby Boomer-generation women were taught to “speak apologetically and lean back from their careers”. But this is no longer the case. Generation Y women have a different set of values and beliefs to their predecessors.

Seismic global events and the introduction of the internet have allowed Gen Y women to connect to the wider world as they grew up, enjoying a more casual exposure to multiculturalism than previous generations.

As a result they have more self-confidence, are willing to pave their own way, and welcome feedback and development. They’re challenging and redefining the definition of leadership in the workplace.

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