While there are five generations now in the workforce, look out world, India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world! This amounts to more than half of India's population that is under the age of 25. Per Ian Jack, writer of this article in the Guardian, "This new generation is motivated: it combines the cultural values of the traditional Asian family with the life goals of the American teenager."
A new book by Delhi journalist Snigdha Poonam, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World explains how this group mentioned above wants money and fame, with the juxtaposition of possessing the cultural values of the traditional Indian family.
- They are cynical
- They are private
- They are entrepreneurial
- They are multi-tasking
- They are hyper-aware
- They are technology-reliant
How will this next generation impact how and where work gets done? Successful companies will need to understand this generation. What are you anticipating that global mobility programs will be called on to do to attract, develop and retain this rising generation of workers?
“No matter how poorly placed they find themselves now,” writes the book’s author, Delhi journalist Snigdha Poonam, “they make up the world’s largest ever cohort of like-minded young people, and they see absolutely no reason why the world shouldn’t run by their rules.” The effect, Poonam says, will be to “change our world in ways we can’t yet imagine.”