Younger workers want younger leaders: Survey

Recession has changed talent management rules
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2009

Organizations must find ways to help younger workers advance their careers and climb the ranks, despite an economic climate that has older workers delaying retirement because of hard-hit retirement funds, according to a survey by consulting firm RSM Richter.

Not only did 70 per cent of the 803 18- to-25-year-olds surveyed worry they’ll miss out on leadership opportunities because of older workers staying on the job longer, 93 per cent preferred their leaders to be under the age of 50.

“Young adults like to see themselves, or their potential for their career, in their leadership,” said Lisa Fusina, HR manager at RSM Richter in Toronto.