“Older workers reporting to younger managers” is not a totally new phenomenon. But it is a growing and potentially problematic trend, as the large generation of Baby Boomers stays on in the workforce longer and the large generation of Gen Y or Millennials eager for promotion rises along with Gen Xers. They bring new management styles and often anxieties owing to lack of management experience and training.
An intriguing article meant for college level teachers about generations of traditional and non-traditional students in the classroom set me thinking about the content's applicability to other work situations. It contains descriptors we hear about less frequently in the generational context.
Earlier this month a time span of over a week was designated as a time of reflection, atonement and rededication in the Jewish calendar. Reflection is something I do a lot of. Coincidentally, on September 4th there was a small article in the Wall Street Journal reporting on studies indicating that reflecting on the positive at the end of each day significantly reduces stress for workers. Well, that’s another persuasive reason for regular reflection, isn’t it?
As professionals and executives become more senior, there is often a desire or expectation that they will want to devote themselves to "good works" as a legacy. The philanthropic and pro bono world is watching. But pro bono, volunteering, unpaid work is not for everyone. So I had an interesting thought…
Recently I read still another article on the gap between how college graduates are educated and the skills employers say they need. Despite all the talk about more STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, especially for women, that’s not what employers are crying for. Here's my suggestion.
The advertising industry is just one of many struggling with inter-generational challenges and how to benefit best from and work harmoniously with the huge, impatient, Gen Y/Millennial generation. Their impact will be felt not only in the workplace itself, but also in how they influence consumers of advertising, media and products and services.
Since interest in social media as a key marketing strategy shows no signs of waning, I thought I’d share responses I prepared when I served as a panelist on “social media and the generations,” one of the topics for Social Media Week.
I became aware of My Loud Speaker, an all-Millennial Canadian advertising agency, when they started to follow me on Twitter. Checking them out on their blog site, I found a wonderfully insightful post by one of the partners, Matthew Tsang. He gave his perspective on what he deemed the top five issues that can stand in the way of their career and life success – and he says they are working on them.