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Federal Dissatisfaction and Departure of Generation Y

Overview

Generation Y (the generation born in the 1980’s and 1990’s) are leaving the federal workforce at a rate higher than all other generations combined. Why is Generation Y choosing to leave the federal workforce? What can the we do to convince Generation Y to stay or come back to the federal public sector?

In this video, Dr. Melanie Cohen, IT Strategist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, interviews Dr. Ian Barford, of NAVSEA in Virginia Beach, VA, on the critical areas that are causing Generation Y to leave the federal public sector.

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Reflection

  • Think of the demographics of your work group or organization. How many Generation Y employees do you have? What about Millennials? What can you do to make your organization more attractive to younger generations?

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