I’ve always wondered what it would be like to work in a Chinese company with a Chinese boss. I have talked to some local friends about their experiences, their opinions and their desires for change – If you can say that change equals more. Yes, the young generation of China, born in the 1980s, is looking for more from their employers.
They have be raised during a time where China had great development and know China as a leading power of the world. This is a very different view from the generation before them, having experienced China in the 1970, its humble beginnings, and its willingness to learn from more advanced and experienced practices – Generation X.
Instead Gen Yers are confident about Chinas position as a leader, and are more outspoken about their ideas, opinions and concerns then previous generations. There is concern around how Gen Xers will continue to manage Gen Yers in the workplace given the obvious differences in attitudes and habits.
An interesting article called How Generation Y can lead China talks about the differences between generations and the future of Gen Y in continuing China’s race to the top. This is a great read for anyone working or living in China, foreigners and locals alike.