Presentation on theme: "Engaging the Next Generation Today: A Fresh Look at Your Multigenerational Staff Shira Harrington Founder & President Purposeful Hire Houston Ruck Creative."— Presentation transcript:
Engaging the Next Generation Today: A Fresh Look at Your Multigenerational Staff Shira Harrington Founder & President Purposeful Hire Houston Ruck Creative Director Growth Energy
Kids These Days! “Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers.” Socrates ( B.C.) “Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers.” Socrates ( B.C.)
Disclaimers About the Generations Generational diversity vs. age diversity People are individuals Use to archetype, not to stereotype!
What Shaped the Traditionalists? Traditionalist
Hard work Sacrifice Respect for authority Following the rules Frugality Military focus God and country Traditionalist Values
What Shaped the Baby Boomers? Baby Boomer
Respect for seniority Live to work Pay your dues Face time Career-focused Competitive Long-tenured jobs Women in leadership Diversity / Civil rights Baby Boomer Values
Baby Boomers Today Sandwiched generation Facing financial crisis Can’t retire Long life expectancy Many want to reinvent their careers
What Shaped Generation X? Generation X
Independence Self-reliance Cynicism Questions authority Entrepreneurism Work to live Work-life balance Generation X Values
Generation X Today Many choosing to forgo executive roles Waiting for Boomers to retire Moms trying to re-enter workforce
What Shaped the Millennials? Millennial
High expectations / Self-esteem Strong parental influence Global diversity Saving the environment Tech-focused Team oriented Work-life integration Multi-tasking Rapid career advancement Frequent feedback Question everything Personal branding Millennial Values
Millennials Today Facing massive college debt 61% of recent grads unemployed or underemployed Want to innovate but fear failing Afraid of commitment Unlimited opportunities Want to change the world
Generational Work Values
Who are YOU loyal to? Older generations loyal to employer 1990s recession broke loyalty contract Millennials tuned to station WIIFM Employees are paid volunteers Focused on career advancement This is a challenge for succession planning! Decline of Employer Loyalty
Authority / Leadership How does a leader get respect? Older workers Respect for authority based on military model (age, tenure, rank) Younger workers Respect for authority not assumed…it’s earned
What Happened to Work Ethic? Face time… or get the job done? Older workers Putting in face time = good work ethic Younger workers Paid to get job done regardless of when/where
Is Knowledge Really Power? Older Workers Knowledge is on need-to-know basis Younger Workers Knowledge should be shared freely Sharing Knowledge
Time for Discussion!
Discuss at your tables What is one thing you could do to raise the level of engagement in your multigenerational workforce?
Questions? Shira Harrington Founder & President Purposeful Hire, Inc Houston Ruck Creative Director Growth