'Generation Y' Looking for More Than Just Money from Their Work, Find the Edge Expert Says

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The youngest generation of workers have a different outlook on life to their predecessors, meaning it's essential for companies to move with the times if they want to recruit the top talent, Laura-Jane Sarkodee has said in a Find the Edge article published today.

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For Generation Y, it’s no longer just about the money and career opportunity

Employers need to understand that its flexibility and transparency that makes the new generation of workers tick - rather than money and career opportunities – Laura-Jane Sarkodee has said in a new Find the Edge article.

She uses the post to explain how employers can ensure their job adverts appeal to 'Generation Y' – people born between the 1980’s and the early 1990’s – and why previous recruitment techniques may no longer work.

She said: "Recently, a number of clients have asked me why their traditional methods of recruitment (that have always worked) don’t seem to be attracting this tech savvy, balance seeking generation.

"My response is always the same; for Generation Y, it’s no longer just about the money and career opportunity.

"They are seeking out companies that will facilitate flexible working arrangements, embrace new technology, and provide a collaborative working environment."

Sarkodee recommends embracing technologies such as social media, and using short, concise job adverts to appeal to the younger generations.

She also emphasises the unique benefits that Generation Y can bring to an organisation.

She said: "Where previous generations may have happily worked 12+ hours per day in order to earn more money and climb the career ladder, this is not true of the upcoming generation.

"I have recently heard this generation being referred to as lazy, but to my mind, they are just more in tune with what they want from life.

"As an employer, if you can provide a working environment that is collaborative, fosters creativity and embraces all things new and shiny, you will attract a loyal workforce who will really shape the future of your business."

The article can be read in full here: http://www.findtheedge.com/your-people/recruitment/its-not-about-the-money-money-money.

Laura-Jane Sarkodee has been a recruitment and job search professional for the last 13 years, and is the director of Recruiting Edge. More about her, and her work, can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.com/expert-panelist/laura-jane-sarkodee.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: "Bringing in the new generation of workers will help your business stay fresh and vibrant.

"Laura-Jane provides some great advice here for anyone looking to get great results from their next recruitment drive."

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