| Zee Yusri |
ONE of the biggest challenges faced by managers is dealing with the Millennial Generation (Gen Y). They have a different set of workplace expectations, behaviours and desires that managers need to understand in order to engage them effectively.
The current rapid technological advancements have also affected the way the Millennial Generation perceive and handle the working environment.
In light of this, the Civil Service Institute (IPA) hosted a ‘Millennial Seminar’ yesterday at Parkview Hotel in Jerudong, which focused on understanding the differences between Millennials, Gen-X and boomer employees in developing a robust leadership pipeline.
The two-day seminar aims to create a value proposition that appeals to multiple generations and explain about what makes the Millennial Generation tick as well as ways to effectively mould them into a new generation of innovative and vibrant talent.
Present as the guest of honour and keynote speaker was Adi Shamsul bin Haji Sabli, Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT & E-Governement) at the Prime Minister’s Office, in which he underlined that everyone can be a leader and it does not limit one’s capability to achieve their roles if they have their motivation up high and if they are willing to achieve their goals.
The Millennial Seminar also saw a presentation from a known Gen-Y expert, Lisa Orrell. She highlighted the importance of personal leadership branding in her talk titled ‘Get a Grip on Leadership: Empowering Gen Y & Gen X Employees to Adopt a Leadership Mindset at Work’.
The IPA shared the latest statistics from Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) that put Brunei’s population at 414,400, growing at an average rate of 1.8 per cent per annum.
Around 54 per cent of the population are in the 20 to 54 years working age group, while another 39 per cent are below the age of 19. Only seven per cent of the population are aged 55 and above.
This figure shows that the Millennial Generation has a relatively huge capacity and they can be quickly pushed into leadership positions over the next 10 years, the IPA noted.
Investment in the Millennial Generation is thus an investment in an organisation’s future, the IPA said.
The seminar also aims to unleash potential, create opportunity and to transform the Millennial Generation of employees. It also aims to develop leadership fundamentals of communication, self-awareness, influence and learning agility as well as educate and empower Millennials to adopt a leadership mindset and excel as a leaders.
The Millennial Seminar was attended by 250 officers from the public sector, specifically those who are born from 1980 onwards.