Magazine article Talent Development

Millennials Need Training to Manage More Effectively: Baby Boomers and Gen Xers Aren't Too Confident in Gen Y's Ability to Lead, Survey Finds

Magazine article Talent Development

Millennials Need Training to Manage More Effectively: Baby Boomers and Gen Xers Aren't Too Confident in Gen Y's Ability to Lead, Survey Finds

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THE BIG NUMBER  14 PERCENT   RESPONDENTS                WHO BELIEVE                MILLENNIALS                ARE THE MOST                CAPABLE                GENERATION                TO LEAD 

A greater number of Millennials are managing more senior generation employees: According to a Future Workplace/Beyond, The Career Network study, 83 percent of respondents have seen this to be the case. And while people have experienced this in their offices, it doesn't mean they feel confident about it.

Forty-four percent of Millennials feel they're the most capable generation to lead, but only 14 percent of respondents as a whole said so; more than half stated that Generation X employees are the most capable.

The low confidence level in Millennials may not necessarily be their fault. As Dan Schawbel, partner and research director at Future Workplace, said, "Millennials are moving into leadership positions and are faced with managing older generations, which they were never trained to do."

This is reflected in the poll's findings: 45 percent of Generation X and Baby Boomer respondents believe that the lack of pertinent experience on behalf of the Millennials "could have a negative impact on a company's culture." And it's not only non-Millennials who are expressing concern; more than one-third of Generation Yers also said that it's challenging for them to manage older generations.

Older generations have, not surprising, received more training in this area. …

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