Millennials : Generation Y and the Future Work Force

Who are the Millennials?

Millennials are known as generation Y. They are born between 1981 to 1996. The world refers to them as “echo boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates. Almost 30% of millennials would be more willing to purchase from a company if their purchase supports a cause. 56% of millennials are usually either one of the very first to try new technology or are among the first group to try new technology.
Millennials want benefits and perks that directly impact their lives and the lives of their family members.
Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce - who are millennials?

Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce – who are millennials?

Characteristics of the Millennial Generation

Every generation has its uniqueness. The millennial generation has its unique characteristics as well. They want to make an impact in the workplace to incorporate their skills into a profession successfully. Millennials are often characterized as a group that is not afraid to ask for what they need.    Their unique characteristics imply,
  • better workplace balance,
  • quality relationships, and
  • quality experience in the workplace.
Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce - Generation Y

Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce – Generation Y

Millennials leave the work by design, not by the fault. They chose to become entrepreneurs. One of their uniqueness is that they do not wish to work in the same organization for too long. They have a timeline for their work. When they finish work, they wish to leave and go for another job. Their generation does not fear to quit from one place and look for another place to work.  Organizations of the future will have contrasting features because of millennials. Now, the organizations have features such as hierarchy, profit, large company, and work onsite, but thanks to the millennials in the future they will be changed to a flat structure, bringing value, govern like startups, and work from anywhere. So there will be less hierarchy in the workforce tomorrow.  Even though we predict the millennials become significant to the workforce in the future they have difficulties in their lives every day. The pressure to get a university degree and the pressure to get a job to help their families are a few main challenges they face today.   

How Do They Differ From Other Generations?

Generation Y

Generation Y

It cannot be denied that the millennial generation is different than previous generations. It becomes increasingly essential that current members of the workforce understand the fundamental aspect of this generation as it can be the future of the workforce. Even the soft skills which are essential for the workforce will change in the future. Collaborative work, kindness, flexibility, empathy, learning to learn, creativity and human integrity will become the main soft skills that are essential for employees while people-centric, innovation and employability become the most fundamental soft skills for future employers. These will have competitive advantages while working with AI( Artificial Intelligence) in the future workforce. Knowing the fact that the soft skills which are essential to the workforce in the future will be changed due to millennials, we need to make sure that the current workforce is also ready to change their soft skills and the characteristics of the workforce gradually so that in the future they will not face major issues when the millennials become one of the key manpower in the workforce. 
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Importance of Youth Engagement After COVID-19

Importance of Youth Engagement After Covid 19 - Make Awareness about the Current Situation

Importance of Youth Engagement After COVID-19 – Make Awareness about the Current Situation

We, the youth of this country should take some steps to help the current situation. The youth engagement to help the society, country and the world is important. We are now living in a world where 209 countries and territories have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is causing thousands of deaths within a few months. Many countries locked the countries. They closed down most of the offices, schools, hotels, and shops. It made most of the people in affected countries stay at home as the social distance is the key to stop the spreading of this infection. As a result, most of the countries imposed travel bans and curfews. The youth should engage in activities that can help our world face this crisis.

The Raised Issues in the World Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Over the past two months, the world’s biggest stock markets have turned red. Even though the world has faced an economic crisis earlier this has been unlike any. According to the economic experts, this pandemic has already seen the market full by a third in just one month. That made this a unique economic crisis. The modern industry relies on goods and materials crossing borders. When they can not, the production around the world is at serious risk. It is going to take a very long time for them to rebuild their supply chains. Economists are still trying to grapple whether this is a V-shaped recession (economy suffers a rapid fall but rebound so quickly) or a U-shaped recession (a longer economic trough before recovery) or an L-shaped recession (a long term recession). 

The Rising Issues in Sri Lanka Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. 

Importance of Youth Engagement After Covid 19 - New Inventions

Importance of Youth Engagement After COVID-19 – New Inventions

We, Sri Lankans, rely on goods and materials from other countries. Due to the situation around the world, we will not be able to get the goods and materials from the affected countries as we did earlier. As a result, the lack of essential goods and materials can become a problem in the near future, especially the lack of food items. Furthermore, the companies in Sri Lanka will start to face losses due to the lack of customers around the world. Disagreements between races or religions can be reasons for future disputes between groups of people. 

How Should We Act as the Youth in Sri Lanka to Lessen the Issues Which We Are Going to Face in the future

Importance of youth engagement - planting food

Importance of youth engagement – planting food

To prevent the lack of food in the country all the people of the country should start to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices in their gardens. Youth have started movements earlier which were hugely popular and successful. Even this time, the youth of the country can start a huge movement that can lead the country to flourish. They, the youth can do that by simply growing food. Furthermore, we can help the government to get foreign investments through new equipment which is designed and manufactured with a minimum price. They can be helpful in the future we need more foreign investments to help the economy of Sri Lanka. Even though the decision lies in the hands of the members of the parliament we can do what we can do to help our country.  Due to the economic crisis, many disputes can come up soon as well such as the lack of employment, lack of materials, reduction of salary, raise of taxes and fees, etc. Understanding the situation we, as the younger generation, should educate the public using social media to prevent the spread of disputes in the future. During the current days, the authorities should encourage young people to self-employment by designing, manufacturing, being innovative, etc. This can help the young generation to develop their entrepreneurship and creativity. Youth should be broad-minded and innovative to help our country. That can help the rest of the world to climb above from where we fell.
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Effectiveness of fully online courses

Online Courses and Lectures in Sri Lanka

Online courses and lectures were not very popular in Sri Lanka before 2020. People did not consider the effectiveness of fully online courses before the pandemic. People did not think of holding courses and lectures online before the pandemic spread. But now we are in a time that every course and lecture is online as we have no other choice. It is a new experience for most of the Sri Lankan students as it was not used before. We can see the effectiveness of online courses and lectures as students do not have to stop their studies due to the pandemic.
Effectiveness of Online Learning

Effectiveness of Online Learning

Introducing online lectures and lessons to all the Sri Lankan students changed the way of their usual way of studying within a few weeks. This forced both the students and the teachers or lecturers to find new ways to learn and teach. Adapting to this new system was not easy for everyone, but everyone had to learn to use online platforms for teaching such as zoom, Google meets, Google classroom, etc.  

The Effectiveness of online learning

There are both pros and cons of online learning. When we look at the pros we can see how effective online learning is, because all the students can join the lecture or the class from anywhere in the world. Due to that reason most of the students can join the lecture or the class. Also, sick students can join the class without any problem. While learning online many students are starting to refer external information on other sources. That helps them to research the subjects, unlike the time when they are in the classroom with other students. Some students have the habit of getting extra information from other students without doing their research. Online learning change that situation into where they have to research on their own to study and do the assignments on a certain subject.  Also, online learning makes students’ life easier. When students have online lectures or classes they do not have to leave their homes. Also if they stay at home their expenses become less and it makes their and their families’ lives much easier. Also, the online courses are considered to take less time to finish the course than the traditional courses. In Sri Lanka students have to spend at least more than five years to finish the degree. Online courses can shorten that period and they can enter the workforce early.

The Disadvantaged of Online Courses

As mentioned earlier fully online courses have advantages, but they also have disadvantages as well. When students start to study from home they will not get the opportunity to engage with the other students in activities like in the traditional courses. Engaging in activities with other activities while studying helps students improve themselves as human beings who are about to enter the society, but during a fully online course, a student can not engage in such activities which can make the student lonely. He or she studies alone and only focus on studying. That can lead to certain addictions as well.   It will be harder for the students to research the subjects without the help of university libraries and laboratories. The resources the university students have right now when they are doing a traditional course such as having
Effectiveness of Online Learning - Making it easier to study

Effectiveness of Online Learning – Making it easier to study

  •  Library access 
  •  Laboratory access
  •  Internet access for free
  •  Access to the gymnasium
will be reduced if students are doing the same course online. But overall online courses and lectures are effective. Especially during a time like this, we can see how effective the online courses and lectures can be. Due to online courses and lectures, students will not have to stay as an undergraduate for a longer period. Even though the universities are closed they can continue their studies.   
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Why Virtual Working will be the new normal?

With 213 countries beyond international territories being affected by the COVID 19, the WHO named it as a world pandemic on the 11th of March 2020. This global pandemic has created a significant impact on economic, societal, business, and personal facets while also reshaping the people’s day-to-day lifestyle, habits, business operations, and the relationship with the outside world.  With the pronounced impact and the distancing policies of COVID 19, people have stepped into the digital world more than ever before. This has lead to accelerating the digital transformation. And it has also given rise to technological trends like virtual working in building a resilient society that would stay even after the pandemic is gone.


Virtual working

Virtual working 

The pandemic outbreak brought the lifestyles of people and business operations on-hold creating immense losses. This also made companies look into how to deploy and enable their workforce to move forward. While some businesses struggle to adapt to the changes created, some companies have already implemented changes. And those necessary measures taken will lead them to position themselves properly for this crisis. During the pandemic, we have hit the fast-forwarding button on many technologies that were already in place. Remote / Virtual working referred to the ability to work from anywhere anytime was one such technology that was there even before the COVID 19 but popularized much more within the pandemic period.

Shifting from the need of being physically available for office work to virtual working, companies had to undergo various challenges. Three major difficulties identified are:

  • Implementing virtual working especially when it comes to a centralized workforce.
  • Ensuring the availability of infrastructure and the security for Virtual working environments.
  • Work-life and personal life balance of the employees.

But overcoming those challenges has not just benefited the companies, but also for employees in various ways.

Advantages of Virtual working : 

For employees :

  • Allowing employees to maintain a better and healthy work-life balance.
    Maitaning a work-life balance

    Work from anywhere, anytime

  • Employees having more autonomy.
  • Increased performance and productivity.
  • Less commute stress.
  • Increase in employee satisfaction and retention. 
  • Save time and money
  • A happy and healthy work-life.
  • Promotes employee well-being.

For Businesses:  

  • Can access to a wide pool of applicants.
  • Virtual working leads companies to cut down expenses and save.
  • Can have a satisfied set of employees with increased productivity.
  • Can make better use of technologies.
  • Less capital expenditure.

Virtual/remote working is more likely to stay even after the pandemic due to its benefits making it the new normal. Shifting to this new concept where companies can hire employees from different territories will lead to creating more revenue as they can hire the best and the most suitable people required for the tasks. This new normal, where Virtual working is the norm will let businesses optimize their talent pool while also creating more opportunities for potential employees. Companies that were able to embrace these new technologies and concepts will position themselves properly in facing the ongoing crisis. It will also pave the way for these businesses to capitalize on new opportunities in the future.

In an interview held recently, the Member Committee Vice President, Finance and Legal for the term 20.21, Mr. Avishka Gunathilake said that AIESEC Sri Lanka in collaboration with SLASSCOM has come up with a new industry readiness program called LEAD Program targeting the recently graduated Sri Lankan youth. In LEAD Program, the virtual experience will be focused on developing the leadership, professional and corporate skills of the Sri Lankan youth who are waiting to enter the industry which will be required in order to cater  the gap between the corporate world and the graduates. 

These new trends that showed up with the acceleration of the digital transformation during the pandemic will be strategic factors in creating a resilient post-pandemic society.

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Effective Communication – The Building Block of Organizational Goals

Have you ever wondered why almost all job listings in any field require effective communication skills? Effective communication is crucial, as without it organizations will not be able to succeed and may even cease to function. In other words, communication acts as organizational blood.

“The art of communication is the language of leadership” – James Humes

National Showcasing Team of AIESEC in Sri Lanka presented the 6th episode of podcast series, “LeadershipIsAlsoAbout” on “The Importance of Effective communication to achieve Organizational Goals” with Mr. Pasindhu Mendis, the Member Committee Vice President for People Management, AIESEC Sri Lanka 18.19 as the guest speaker and Mr. Disnaka Ranasinghe, the Member Committee Vice President-Elect for Talent Management and Organizational Development, AIESEC Sri Lanka 20.21 as the moderator.


Mr Disnaka Ranasinghe, the Member Committee Vice President-Elect for Talent Management and Organizational Development, AIESEC Sri Lanka 20.21

What is leadership?

 If you Google the word leadership you can get about 479,000,000 results. Each definition is as unique as an individual leader. It’s a difficult concept to define, perhaps because it means so many things to different people. AIESEC is an international organization, it’s all about leadership development. Being an AIESECer for the past five years, Mr. Pasindhu Mendis chose the ones that fit best for him.

When the trust account is high,

A leader is someone who takes initiative and trusts the people he works with for them to work efficiently and independently. If you trust your team, you’ll back them up on their journey and take pride in their successes. A leader needs to know about his team members. Why should you take the time to get to know your followers on a more personal level? While you help them to achieve their personal development, they will take on the organizational goals as well.

Spread positivity

A leader should maintain a positive attitude towards everything and anything you face during your leadership journey. For example, AIESEC as a non-profit organization, it faces a lot of peaks and valleys. So you should be optimistic and energetic equally in every situation so that your followers take that positive energy from you. A leader should always try to praise his followers without making judgments about them. It gives people the drive and motivation to continue doing the calibre of work you want to see.

Guest Speaker

Mr Pasindhu Mendis, the Member Committee Vice President for People Management, AIESEC Sri Lanka 18.19

A leader is one who shows the way

Leadership definition captures the essentials of being able and prepared to inspire others. There may be a person who inspired you as a child, the kind of person you want to become when you grow up. Some leaders are inspired by real people they have met. They may be members of their own families or teachers or professors with whom they were able to study. It may be someone who hired you or supervised you or the first person who told you they saw your potential. Mr. Pasindhu Mendis gave a different, but insightful answer. “ Every person I met until today inspired me to become a good leader”

What is effective communication?

Communication is one of the major concerns when considering the long-term success of an organization and there are characteristics that you align with effective communication. If you are communicating with somebody, there are few facts to keep in your mind because people that you are talking with perceive what you are talking differently.

Confidence, Clarity & Empathy

Approaching somebody with confidence is an important life skill. Being assertive in conversation with others helps stand up for yourself and your values. Secondly, he talked about the effort to clarify. The clearer your message, the easier it gets for the receiver to decode it according to your original intent. And great leaders have empathy for others. They drop all of the complexity in leadership and talk with his followers going down to their level so that he understand everything what is said and what isn’t said. The next thing he discussed was the importance of being an active listener, especially in one to one communication. 

” We never listen when we are eager to speak” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld 

An active listener always helps in giving advice, solutions to the people whom he is talking with. If you want to build an effective brand, you’ll need to show a confident personality in your opinions and points. Your Body language is one of the most critical aspects of your brand. People subconsciously use your body language as a roadmap to discover your intention and credibility.

Further, Mr Pasindhu Mendis shared the biggest challenge he had to overcome while establishing an effective communication process so that every member of the organization feel connected to a common goal. Not everyone can behave the same in listening, understanding, and perceiving . As a solution for this, he found that only by having individual conversations with people, a leader can understand them. So Investing your time in people is not a waste.

Communication is your ticket to success

Effective communication is a building block of a successful organization. Mr. Pasindhu Mendis defined the connection exists between effective communication & successful achieving of organizational goals. Effective communication in an organization can have a positive effect on the performance of people by increasing people’s morale, retention rate, and the overall productivity of the working environment. Further, he pointed out the importance of having a properly defined goal and specific measurements to realize a specific goal taking an example related to his personal life.

Effective communication strategies

There are effective communication strategies that can be used to establish a better communication network in an organization while establishing the productivity of the members. There should be a personal development plan for a leader. Having a personal development plan enables him to grow professionally and develop the organization. Know your audience. Customizing how and what you communicate based on your audience is an important part of effective communication. It is your job to understand who needs to know what. Employ multiple channels to transfer messages. A highly effective channel to transfer messages is one-to-one conversations. At the same time, 2-way conversation helps to solve problems better.

Where there’s a collection of criticism

Mr Pasindhu Mendis, as a former Member Committee Vice President for people management of one of the largest youth-run organization of the island, discussed a situation he managed where there were conflicting ideas of criticism. If everyone in your team was exactly like you, things would be a whole lot easier. But something to someone is something else to someone else. So there might always be a collection of criticism when handling a set of people. The key is to consider the criticism rationally not emotionally. Show you are willing to listen, and hopefully, he will do the same. Finally, add your thoughts, and decide if you agree with the criticism. If you need to apologize, do so.

Effective communication serves as a foundation for planning

There must be a proper plan to realize your goal and cross off each one as you work through them. All the essential information must be communicated to the managers who in-turn must communicate the plans to implement them. There are many ways of meeting these goals and communication plays an integral part in doing so. In business and Industry, communication helps to align workers to work with one another and to achieve the objective of the organization, which means objectives, can be in the target, attained and improved. Without organizational communication, nothing can be done.

“Raise this beautiful gift – Voice. Don’t waste it. When you share your story with someone else, they become a part of your journey”

Mr Pasindhu Mendis, one of the great leadership personalities terminated his story revealing his AIESEC journey. 


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