Articles tagged 'Generational issues'

HR Insights, Leadership

Leadership and Narcissism, or Things We Can Learn From Kanye West

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Few musicians are as successful, or as polarizing, as Kanye West.

For the uninitiated, West is a giant in the modern music industry. He is the fifth most nominated and eighth most award-winning artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, holding 51 nominations and 21 wins, as well as countless accolades from the American Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and others.

As successful as West has been, however, he is equally well known for his hubris, including choice quotes to the press (“…respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins”), inflammatory tweets (“…the second verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse…OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD.), and, of course, the infamous Taylor-Swift-microphone-stealing incident, the apology for which he later recanted. Read more…

HR Technology, Legal Issues

The Unintended Consequences When Workers Bring Their Devices to Work


By Paul Starkman

At the top of the list of risks guaranteed to give HR a headache this year is employee use of personal technology for work.

It was only a few short years ago that employers began to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, allowing employees to use their personal phones, tablets and laptops for work.

Today, bring-your-own-device into the workplace is a given, with nearly two-thirds of technology-dependent Millennials using a personal device at work. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

7 Ways to Inspire First Year Workers (and Show Them The Big Picture, Too)


The first years an employee is working can be challenging, but rich with growth and opportunity.

I’ve always loved starting with a fresh recruit who was eager to learn the ropes, discovering their talents, and helping guide them to success.

Sometimes an employee’s first year is spent being overwhelmed with all the details they have to know to succeed in a workplace, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make a difference with specific, concrete actions that will inspire your first year workers. Read more…

Talent Management

Are Millennial Employees Truly Different, or Just Younger?

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A lot of people sell books and give presentations that suggest that Millennial employees, those born between 1976 and 1996 (Millennials, or Gen Y) are significantly different from employees born between 1965 and 1975 (Generation X), and radically different from people born during the 20 years before 1965 (Baby Boomers).

But are Millennials truly different, or are they just younger?

Having read a fair bit of research on this topic, here are what I believe are four (4) key truths and one (1) harmful myth about the differences between Millennial employees compared to their older Gen X and Baby Boomer co-workers. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

March Madness? Survey Finds Only 11% of Workers Into Office Pools This Year

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Every year, I get bombarded with PR people wanting to connect me to “experts” who want to yak about how disruptive “March Madness” — the annual NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament — is on the workplace.

And every year, I ignore those PR people and the experts they’re pushing because I’ve never seen or heard of anyone actually reporting that their workplace has significantly been impacted by March Madness.

I’m sure it happens somewhere, but in general, all the talk about it is overblown.

That’s why this new poll from CareerBuilder was very welcome news, because it shows just how little impact March Madness actually has when it comes to your workforce. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

“Ban Bossy?” Sounds Good, But Here’s the Reality For Women

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Our modern day Rosie the Riveter, Sheryl Sandberg is at it again with a new campaign called “Ban Bossy.”

It is a campaign that was launched this week as a collaborative effort between Girl Scouts USA and to empower young girls to be leaders without the fear of being labeled “bossy.” She has some celebrities and/or notable women and men helping her to propel the reach of the campaign like Beyoncé and Condoleezza Rice, among others.

As a woman who has two young girls, I appreciate the sentiment behind the campaign, but it ends there. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR and Sustainability: There Needs to Be More Leading by Example

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According to results from an annual sustainability survey by BSR and GlobeScan — the State of Sustainable Business Survey 2013, which provides insights into the world of sustainable business and tracks the successes and challenges faced by corporate sustainability professionals — HR is one of the least engaged corporate functions when it comes to sustainability.

Respondents of the survey ranked human resources as only 34 percent engaged when it came to their companies’ CSR and sustainability commitments in 2013. This is a 3 percent drop in engagement levels since 2011.

However, HR is not the only corporate function recording low engagement when it comes to sustainability. Read more…

Talent Management

Giving Meaning to the Work: It’s How You REALLY Engage Millennials

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This is a fact: In 10 years, Millennials (also known as Gen Y) will make up 75 percent of the global workforce.

With that reality staring us in the face, it’s time to stop marginalizing Millennials and their needs in the workplace. We can no longer say, “They were coddled too much as kids and now expect recognition for every little achievement” as we dismiss the need for feedback on their work.

Besides, this is all a fallacy anyway. Millennials aren’t asking for praise and appreciation at every turn. They are saying, “I’m new in this job and in the workplace in general. I don’t know if what I’m doing are the right things to do. I need you to give me more feedback on the value and importance of what I do.” Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

It’s High Time For Business to Start Investing in Millennials

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Failing to prepare … is preparing to fail. – John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach

We constantly see media coverage discussing the business world’s negative perceptions of younger workers.

At times it seems like an unfair piling on for a generation that’s been bombarded with negative labels like entitled, unwilling to pay their dues, and unprepared. The good news is that much of the coverage is now discussing the reasons why such labels persist based on research, analysis and facts rather than a common starting point of “…when I was starting out …” Read more…

Talent Management

The Honest-to-God Truth About Engaging Millennials

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Millennials have become a force to be reckoned with in the business world, and no other workplace demographic has been subject to more analyses, surveys, and speculation in recent years.

In early 2013, Time published a widely circulated article called The Me Me Me Generation, which purported that Millennials are used to being rewarded for nothing, have little loyalty to organizations, and their technology-obsessed attitudes make them difficult to engage. The article even went so far as to insinuate that most if not all of Generation Y was suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder epidemic brought on by their “sheltered” upbringings.

This has all put a stigma on Millennials as being difficult to engage, but in reality they are not that much different than any other generation when it comes to engagement levels. They are simply another unique workforce demographic that requires a specific engagement strategy. Read more…