Magazine article Workforce

The Young and the Dispirited

Magazine article Workforce

The Young and the Dispirited

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* Undermined by Managers

If you think your organization's 20- and 30-- somethings have seemed dispirited lately, it's probably not your imagination. According to a recent survey, more than 40 percent of employees aged 25 to 34 say they've been demotivated and undermined by their managers.

The survey of 669 full- and part-time workers, conducted for True North Leadership, a Santa Barbara, California-based consulting company, showed "a surprising lack of awareness among managers of how to effectively transform employees with raw talent into star performers and innovators," says Dr. Relly Nadler, a clinical psychologist and executive coach who is True North's partner in charge of coaching and training. "Rather than shaping and nurturing new hires, managers ... are missing opportunities to create leaders and innovators within their organization. Managers need to have face-to-face conversations with these workers, talking about and clarifying expectations," he says.

The tendency to be demotivated by managers diminishes with age and experience: 30 percent of the 35- to 44-year-olds reported manager demotivation, but only 18 percent of employees 45 to 54 said they'd frequently or sometimes suffered demotivation at the hands of their managers. …

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