Motivation and Mindset of Generation Y: Rethink work

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Even a good ten years after my studies, I maintain contact with former fellow students, stay in dialogue with them. I realized that most of them felt like me. They have Company changed, got new tasks and positions. Only today do they feel adequately remunerated.

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Christoph Teege TeegeChristoph Teege is Quizbox World Champion and German Champion in boxing.


Work new thinking

That made me think. After all, it must be possible to rewrite the “work concept”, to scrutinize and break open crusted structures and processes. We are not isolated cases. Many representatives of Generation Y do the same. We are used to (and especially the very young ones) organizing ourselves with cell phones and laptops.

And we have a lot of discipline and bite to do our job. During my studies, a maximum of one percent of students had a laptop. When I teach at the universities today, no more than one percent of all students have NO laptop.

Working time is lifetime

For us, generation Y - to which I also belong - means "working time = life time". I just don't see why I have to wait until the end of the day when I'm done.

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Why am I not allowed to enjoy the time that I have "worked" through speed, precision and corresponding results?

Even (prematurely) reached day goals are success! But it is not just that. Generation Y is also interested in self-realization and a mind-filling work. Obviously, the elderly also went so, only they may not have dared to communicate publicly like Generation Y and Seven from generation X (1965 to 1980).

The Sense work

Compared to the older employees, the younger generation is much more likely to question the meaning of their work. She wants to understand what and above all why and for what she does something, asks more often about the background, wants to take responsibility and participate in decisions.

Carefully observe the young people a little more closely. You will find that many of them are very committed. They develop their own ideas, package them into concepts or words, want to integrate them into projects or processes.

They want to make experiences, develop themselves professionally and grow personally. But when something grows, growth pains are the cause. This means that each of us makes mistakes regardless of developmental phases. This is completely normal. Therefore an environment must be created in which mistakes may be made.

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Errors promote the development ...

... when we learn from it. This also applies to sport. In the case of boxing, a clear distinction is made between training and competition. Many techniques are tried out in the training, but they are not always (in the first place) as they are presented in theory. We make mistakes and the feedback often hurts.

Perhaps it brings us the realization that this technique is not the right one for oneself. Through reflection, we learn, but also through pain. In contrast, the boxer only uses techniques that work. Mistakes are not appropriate here! As a whole, it is a promising learning process.

And that is exactly what must be possible in a company. Mistakes must be made. Only then can the employee develop and become better. However, the prerequisite is that these errors have only limited consequences and do not endanger the entire goal. From the boxer's point of view, he should not be knocked out in every fight. This is too much about the substance and reduces motivation.

Work in harmony with the biorhythm

Generation Y wants to decide when and where to do her work. It needs a solid framework within which it can move freely. Generation X was different; often tasks were simply worked out without complaints and demands. The why, for what and also the how did not interest.

This leads to a question that I would like to ask you: Can you concentrate on eight hours at a time? Not me! We are people and (thank God) no machines! We have a biorhythm with high and low phases, which can be positively influenced by more movement, healthy nutrition and relaxation phases.

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Be flexible!

Each book on time management recommends working in harmony with the biorhythm. Without a doubt, it makes sense to complete complex tasks when we can concentrate well. For this to succeed, the environment also contributes decisively. So what's the point of doing your job at home - in the home office or out in the fresh air - when you can concentrate much better here?

I know a lot of people who regularly change their place of work. You work in the garden, in the car or the hotel lobby. Why not? A new environment provides fresh stimuli, stimulates imagination and creativity.

So be flexible and work “with soft bandages”. Of course, this type of work requires a high level of mutual trust. But let's be honest: if there is no trust, it is generally difficult to perform well; the workplace only plays a disorganized role.


The Generation Y theme is a good way to think about work, leadership and collaboration. But be careful: What has worked well since 30 years does not necessarily have to be valid for the next 30 years.

The boys may be better able to deal with information, but they lack something that the older ones have: professional and life experience. If both complement each other, something larger can result, according to Aristotle's quote: "The whole is more than the sum of its parts."

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