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Top 5 Workplace Issues for a Young Office

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By Andrew Lu on August 27, 2012 6:48 AM

Anecdotal evidence suggests that there's been a definite shift in the workplace and workplace attitudes with young workers.

Generation Y (people aged 19 to 30) have grew up in the age of the Internet attention span and reality television star. As a result, many Gen Y-ers have a different expectation of what work means and what a workplace should be like.

Employers are now forced to deal with a host of new issues that their predecessors did not face. Here are five workplace policies you may want to consider if you have young workers:

  1. Dress Codes. Individualism is important, but not always appropriate in the office. Young workers often feel entitled to dress however they please. If the employees' dress does not match your business or customer base you may want to set up a dress code.
  2. Social Media. There is perhaps no innovation that has so affected workplace productivity as the Internet and Facebook. If you don't want to pay your workers to keep in touch with their friends via some social media site, you should develop a policy and possibly a firewall.
  3. Pay and Benefits. Young workers no longer join a company and stay for life. In many fields, a one-year tenure may be senior. To retain your employees, you may want to consider regular pay raises and definable goals.
  4. Drinking/Drugs. A good drinking and drug use policy is recommended for employers with employees of any age.
  5. Anti-Bullying. Work can be like a prison as some workers cannot leave the job due to financial or personal circumstances. So you should make the work environment as pleasant as possible including having an anti-bullying policy and nipping harassment in the bud.

Workplaces are only getting younger and employers have to adapt to working with young workers. Keep these policies in mind as you deal with the evolving workforce.

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