Young people feel unprepared for office politics

Young people feel unprepared for office politics

Office politics is the factor young people feel least prepared for when starting their first job, with 54% of 16- to 25-year-olds saying that they were not prepared or informed about politics in the workplace.

With young Millennials entering the workforce through apprentice schemes, which are now offered by three-quarters of employers, the research suggests that they may find it harder to express themselves in the workplace, leading to feeling isolated and unsupported - according to a survey led by the Co-operative Group.

However, 69% said they were informed about how to communicate with their bosses. Young people also revealed their motivation to learn; with 76% prepared for the hours they need to put in for the job, 59% informed about career development opportunities, and 77% believing that they have time management skills required to meet demands set by employers. 

Julian Sykes, Director of Organisational Effectiveness at the Co-op, suggests that changes to culture and process may help young people overcome the barrier of office politics: “It is vital business creates a positive working environment for young people. Education, training and the desire to do well are top of the list when it comes to Generation Y succeeding in the workplace.

“Office politics saps workplace productivity – businesses should address its root causes, freeing up time to take on, train and motivate the next generation.”  


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