Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks.
The employment landscape in America for 16- to 24-year-olds is abysmal; the worst it’s been in more than 50 years.
So if you’ve got a teen or a young adult on your holiday gift list, don’t head to the mall or to your nearest big box retailer. What they need most from you cannot be found in stores.
According to this recent story in the Huffington Post, the employment rate for teens between the ages of 16 and 19 has fallen 42 percent over the last decade: 2.2 million teens and 4.3 million young adults aged 20 to 24 are neither working nor in school. Of those without school or work, 21 percent — or 1.4 million — are young parents. Read more…
I sat next to him because he never spoke.
They were 10-hour days. The work wasn’t challenging. In fact, I spent most of my day trying to look busy.
And, on top of it, I had to ride a bus out to a facility in the middle of the high desert in Idaho — an hour and 20 minutes there and an hour and 20 minutes home. Of course, while I was on the bus, I wanted to sleep.
He was graying, slightly overweight, and weathered. He didn’t look like a person anyone would want to be seated next to on a bus. That meant the seat next to him was always open. And, for nearly three months, I took it. Read more…
On one side of the campfire sat “Newbie” — a 20-something who was ripe with energy. On the other side of the fire sat “Senior” — a 60-something who was stacked with wisdom.
It wasn’t often a new guy was invited to our annual canoe trip in Canada. Most of the group had been making the grueling trip into the middle of the wilderness for at least a decade.
So, on the first night of our trip, Senior was sharing some of the rules of the island — like how our food bag was hung by a rope, on a tree branch, every night, so that a hungry bear wouldn’t steal it while we slept. Read more…
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate by bringing back some classic holiday posts from years past. Look for them over the next two weeks.
Ever wonder what employers can be thankful for at Thanksgiving?
Spark Hire, which describes itself as an “online video resume and interviewing platform,” did. Given that the company is focused on resumes, interviews, and hiring, it took a look at ”the different types of candidates making employers thankful this Thanksgiving season” and compiled it all into this festive, Thanksgiving-themed informational graphic (see below).
It’s an interesting way to look at the various generational differences in the workforce, and will be as easy to read and digest as a serving of cranberry sauce. Read more…
Dickens may have penned A Christmas Carol back in 1843, but the ghost of bad management is still haunting workplaces in 2013.
Nowhere is this more prevalent and on display than in industries that boom in Q4 (i.e. retailing, food service, hospitality, transportation, entertainment, etc.). The make-or-break pressures of managing a business during the holidays can bring out the worst in the best of us..
So if the challenge to increase sales and decrease overhead amidst staggering competition has left you feeling as though you’ve been inhabited by the spirit of Rob Ford, why not go all-in and ensure that your employees hate the holidays as much as you do? you know, share your misery and get some company! Read more…
The unemployment/underemployment problem facing Millennials predates the Great Recession.
It goes back to the early programming they received from their parents when the economy was booming in the early 2000’s. And parents haven’t let up.
“Follow your dreams.” “Find your passion.” “You’ve got to love what you do.”
Dreams? Passion? Love? Read more…
With roots steeped rich in Celtic, Roman Catholic, and Protestant tradition, the annual Trick‑or‑Treat ritual that takes place this week can be traced back centuries.
Originally, children would adorn hand‑made ceremonial costumes and go door‑to‑door singing out “a trick for a treat!” Then they’d entertain their neighbors with carefully rehearsed songs, skits, and dances.
If they performed well, the neighbor might reward them with some bread, fruit, or nuts. This encouraged the children to perform at their best knowing that rewards were reserved for those who went above and beyond. Read more…
Millennials have out-sized expectations for their careers.
They have been told they can be anything and do anything according to their terms. They are conditioned to expect trophies for participation. Their work is to be both financially rewarding and soul-fulfilling. They’ve been reared on examples of college dropouts turned instant CEOs.
Feedback is interpreted as less about their performance and more about their context or environment. Read more…
Did you know that this coming Wednesday — October 16 — is National Boss’s Day in the U.S. and Canada?
Well, I didn’t either, and the only reason I found out is that the Workforce Institute at Kronos conducted an online survey with Harris Interactive that explored attributes of the best managers; employees preferred form of recognition; and the management-speak phrases that employees find the most annoying.
You might find, as I did, that some of these results from the 2013 Kronos Boss’s Day Survey interesting and worth thinking about if YOU are a manager. For example: Read more…
Members of Gen X (those born between 1960 and 1980), have I got good news for you. I mean us.
A study conducted by EY claims that Gen X (and not those dang Millennials) are viewed more favorably as “the generation best equipped to manage in current economic conditions.”Woo hoo!
And there’s more. When survey respondents were asked which generation is the best at displaying certain positive characteristics, they picked Gen X for seven out of 11. These include being a revenue generator (58 percent) and relationship builder (53 percent) as well as being adaptable (49 percent) and good at problem-solving (57 percent) and collaboration (53 percent).
However, apparently we don’t have quite the “executive presence” as our elder Boomers (28 percent vs. 66 percent). I blame it all on Casual Fridays. Read more…