Generation Y baffled by office politics

Generation Y baffled by office politics


A new study by the Co-Op, that coincides with the end of exam season, reveals that many young people lack skills needed to flourish in the workplace.


1100 participants aged 16-25 were asked questions about their expectations of going into the workplace and how prepared they felt to meet the demands set by their employers.


Results show that 54% of those questioned did not feel prepared to deal with office politics.


This is a problem that companies should address head on if they want to get the best from young employees, claims Julian Sykes Director of Organisational Effectiveness at the Co-op, also explaining that “office politics saps workplace productivity – businesses should address its’ root causes, freeing up time to take on, train and motivate the next generation.”


According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) three quarters of employers now run programmes that are aimed at young people, with companies offering a host of initiatives from graduate schemes to school leaver programmes, all designed to help young people find a solid path into work.


Despite their lack of confidence when it comes to office politics, the young people surveyed did reveal some encouraging trends, with 76% feeling prepared for the hours they need to work and 77% feeling confident that their time management skills would meet the challenges set by their employers. A further 59% felt informed about career development opportunities and 69% informed about how to talk to bosses.


Mr Sykes adds, “this shows young people are prepared to work hard and feel they have the right time management skills in place to progress. Being keen to take on career development opportunities is critical for long term career progression also.”

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