Tag Archives: Generations in the Workplace
Is Gen Y changing the world of work? Last month I was preparing a keynote for a new client and I did some research on how Gen Y will be changing the way we work. Here are a few of … Continue reading
I first started speaking about The Generations way back in 2005 when the Baby Boomers were still in charge! Today many Boomers have retired and those remaining in the workforce are finding themselves working for a younger boss. A recent … Continue reading
In my travels throughout the country, I’ve been speaking about the challenges and the opportunities created by the different generations in the workplace. And sadly, I am hearing more of the challenges than opportunities… I have come across managers and … Continue reading
Gen Y is the most educated, tech savvy, and most collaborative of all of the generations in the workplace. How is your business attracting this talented generation?
Here’s the bigger question;
Will they fit into your company’s culture? Take a peek at Twitter’s recruiting video! Continue reading
As boomers retire, leaving the workplace and Gen Y’s presents continues to grow, I sometimes I wonder about my own shelf-life! Continue reading
Today most of us are working in a multi-generational workplace. The economy has kept many Baby Boomers ,who thought they would be retired by now, still in the game. Adding to the mix is the infiltration of the Gen Y’s … Continue reading
Ever since CollinsonMedia and Events -Collaborate 11, I have been working on a NEW talk on the Generations showing the value this group brings into the workplace and the world. I asked Gen Y Libby Hoppe (Managing editor of Collaborate) to highlight some of the positive benefits Generation Y’s brings to the table and I would like to share her thoughts and maybe give you a better insight into this innovative and positive generation: Continue reading
Here are just a few things I have learned in the past few months from a Gen Y:
1. There’s a new world of communications out there- learn it, embrace it, and connect.
2. Stop talking and start listening. There are newer, quicker, better ways to do things.
3. Think green and stop printing out everything.
4. Spend money and invest in digital products like Go-to-Webinar, Camtasia, Prezi ,Screenr, and other cool tools…oh and you have to learn how to use them
5. Please don’t call and don’t waste your time leaving a message- text or connect through Facebook or Twitter
6. Give some ideas away but remember to value your time and charge accordingly. You will attract the people who value you and your message and let the others go.
7. Forget about pushing your ideas out there. Pushing is offensive and old-school. Today we are using social media to pull the audience to you. Start posting consistently.
8. This generation is not cynical- they love feedback, motivation, encouragement, and exciting projects AND they will put in the extra time if they are into it!
9. People want their information when they want it and where they want it…Make digital products (and we are.)
10. Respect your elders… Continue reading
That said, several colleagues have asked what I attribute my busy keynote speaking schedule to, being that it has been such challenging times? The answer is simple… The Generations!!!
I started studying and talking about the Generations in 2007. My tried and true program on Personal Branding has a component in it where I ask the audience 4 questions:
* Who are you?
* What do you do?
* Who do you do it for?
* And … What makes YOU better and different from the rest?
When I got to the question, “Who do you do it for?” I realized that no matter what business you are in, you are going to rub up against Gen Y! If you haven’t noticed, Gen Y is changing the way we do business and they are changing workplace behaviors. Leadership and management will never be the same! Continue reading