Surprise, surprise! Gen Y doesn’t expect a trophy, certificate or pat on the back for every little thing they do at work, according to research from Lumesse (formerly StepStone Solutions).
- 38% of workers aged 56-60 said they believe they will always be recognized and reward if they work harder or take extra responsibility.
- Only 19% of Gen Y workers (ages 18-25) feel the same.
Rather than rehash the same message about misconceptions and stereotypes of Gen Y employees, I’m interested in your own take. Tell me in comments (or take the quick poll at right. Email readers, click through.):
- Do you (or your employees) take on extra responsibility in the first place?
- If so, why do you take it on? For the challenge? “It needs to get done?” An expectation of recognition and reward?
- If not, why not? Because you know no one will notice or appreciate it? You just don’t have time? Honestly, you’re too disengaged to care?
- If you (or others in your organization) take on extra work or go the extra mile, how does leadership respond? An ever increasing workload since you’ve proven you can handle it? Promotion or career advancement? Recognition and praise for your efforts?
I argue even the most committed, engaged and gung-ho employee will volunteer for extra work only so many times without receiving some kind of recognition and appreciation of those efforts. Research I’ve written about on Compensation Café shows people who are thanked for their help on a task are 100% more likely to help again in the future than if no appreciation is given.
The choice is obvious to me. Give employees the appreciation and recognition they deserve when they go above and beyond.
About Derek Irvine
The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.