Articles tagged 'Generational issues'

HR Technology, Training & Development

Tech Insights: Balancing Learning Systems vs. Informal Training

HR Technology

Many organizations have sophisticated training departments with complex Learning Management Systems.

I love that, yet I find myself wondering if it matters as much as it used to.

When the typical Millennial wants to learn something, they turn to the web, often YouTube, and see what they can find. The training may not be as good as what the corporate training department provides, but it may be good enough. Even if the LMS offers a ton of e-learning, employees may default to the ultra-familiarity of YouTube to pick up the tips they are looking for. Read more…

Talent Management

What Do You Do When Casual Friday Becomes Casual Everyday?

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I can’t believe the way these young associates come to work!” Chris told me after a recent presentation. “Where did they get the idea that ‘business casual’ means cut-off shorts, flip-flops and a tank top?”

That certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard the rumblings of a bewildered employer lamenting the haphazard fashion sense and grooming habits of her young hires.

It was, however, disconcerting to hear this particular comment coming from the senior partner of an acclaimed management consulting firm that systematically recruits MBA’s from the nation’s top business schools. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Are You Ready For the Coming Decade of Change and Innovation?

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I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the “Love Bug” named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly.

Herbie was the do-good little car with a mind of its own, a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable movie.

However, someday in the near future, fleets of driverless cars may displace millions of paid drivers in the global marketplace — not the “Herbien” vision of buddy work I remember from my childhood. Read more…

HR Insights

Real Power? It Doesn’t Really Come From a Job Title

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What is power?

One way Merriam Webster defines power is “the ability or right to control people or things.”

When applied to the workplace, I usually think of power as defined another way by Webster — the “ability to act or produce an effect.”

Without power, formal or informal, we can’t get things done. However, whether formal or informal, power has to be real to be useful. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

The Key to Generation Mobile: It’s a State of Mind, Not a Function of Age

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We’re at a turning point with mobile technology.

For many users, tablets and smartphones are no longer a convenience or entertainment tool, but a necessary part of their working lives. A recent survey by Aruba NetworksAre You Ready For #GenMobile? — identifies these users as “Generation Mobile.”

The research, conducted to take stock of mobility’s increasing prominence in people’s working lives, examines survey responses from over 5,000 members of the public across the USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Read more…

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

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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)

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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…