9 Things Todd Defren Wishes His New Employee Knew

When was the last time you read a newspaper or journal article on the challenge of managing Gen Y employees? My totally subjective impression is that I come across one of these at least every couple of weeks. The articles I’m thinking of tend to offer advice, suggestions and tips, purporting to show managers how to manage these young people more effectively.

For a book-length treatment of the subject, there is among others Generation Y: Thriving and Surviving With Generation Y at Work. Author Peter Sheahan is a Gen Yer himself, and the book is free of the “us vs them” style of some of the articles I’ve read elsewhere.

For something more succinct and to go on with, there is a quick checklist, with explanations, which I see as lending itself to be given by a manager to a new Gen Y employee, and which could help establish a more productive, mutually respectful, engagement from the outset.

Todd Defren’s What I Wish My New Employee Knew is not specifically about Gen Y, but on reading it I saw it as providing valuable insights for Gen Y, or younger, people starting in a new firm. And for older but new employees. And of course for the managers.

The nine points are all good. A couple that appealed particularly to me:

  • I wish my new employee knew that Quality Counts.
  • I wish my new employee knew that it’s okay to screw-up sometimes.

What, from Todd’s full list or one of your own, would you wish a new employee, Gen Y or other, knew?

And should there be a special list for older, but new, employees?

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  1. Why not the turn around of I wish my potential boss knew that given the opportunity I will do well for you company and more likely than not leave for a better opportunity.

    Or the I wish my potential boss knew that I ask for less money hoping to get more — just because I want to see if they notice my employee worth (of course they end up offering even less)

    Last one — I wish my potential boss knew that I am a bit smarter than I look.

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