Gen-Y has been misunderstood

Published: Monday February 10, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday February 10, 2014 MYT 7:51:03 AM
Gen-Y has been misunderstood

I REFER to the report “Be professional or lose out, Gen-Y warned” (Sunday Star, Feb 9).

I am a Gen-Y employee who has been working for two years.

While I agree with the point raised, which is being committed during working hours, I believe that Gen-Y has been given a bad image due to a small minority who misuse company’s working hours for their personal business.

I have two points to raise to clarity some of the points raised in this article and the “myths” of Gen-Y working style.

> We are professional

I am currently working in an organisation where a vast majority of the employees are Gen-Y.

We do get the work done before the given deadline.

In this globalised and chaotic business environment, we need to take some breaks in between working hours to reenergize ourselves. However, that is not the same as slacking.

At the end of the day, we get the work done before the given deadline.

If employers are questioning Gen-Y’s integrity and professionalism in conducting personal business during working hours, then please be professional in ensuring employees can leave at the end of working day so that we can do their personal business after 5.30pm.

> We value efficiency

Many bosses expect to see their employees “busy” if the employees wish to have good career progression in the company.

However, we believe that if a piece of work can be done in one hour, then why must we look busy and stretch the task to two hours?

If meetings can be wrapped up in 20 minutes, it is not necessary to stick to the customary one-hour meeting time slot.

“Busyness” slows down innovation as employees develop a narrow “tunnel vision mindset”, while on the other hand efficiency spurs innovation, which is a key factor if Malaysia wishes to progress as a nation.

Gen-Y gets a bad reputation as we are perceived to be lazy, indisciplined and rude.

If businesses can leverage on our strengths and innovative mindset, then there is hope that employees and employers can work together and ensure Malaysia becomes a world-class business hub.

Instead of focusing on the negatives of Gen-Y, lets focus on the positives and focus on how we can leverage each other’s strengths for the betterment of Malaysia.


Subang Jaya


One thought on “Gen-Y has been misunderstood

  1. There is too much negative emphasis on Gen Y’s in the workplace when in reality negative behaviour can be seen across all ages. For example, baby boomers who are no longer committed to their career/work obligations and are waiting on a pay out, or using up their sick leave before they retire. I do agree that it in all age groups, it’s just the minority that give employees a bad name.

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