Articles tagged 'Generational issues'

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Studies Show the Shaky Educational Foundation of Our Gen Y Workforce

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It’s the definition of a counter-intuitive statement: The Millennial generation has attained the highest levels of education of any previous American generation, yet on average demonstrates weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments compared to their international peers.

This is a tough realization to stomach for a number of reasons.

Not only is it disheartening to hear, and confusing considering the exorbitant and rising costs of education in the U.S., but Millennials are estimated to make up 50 percent of the employee population by 2020 and will shape the economic, political and social landscape for years to come (so their skills are important, to say the least). Read more…

Classic TLNT

Think We Have Skills Shortages Now? Just Wait Until We Get to 2020

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

Skills shortages in 2020 will rise to an entirely new level.

And I’m not talking about STEM skills, although they’re critical. Or the ability to speak multiple languages, which needs to be more common in the U.S. Or even the readiness of college graduates to take a place in the economy, which a majority of employers report is lacking.

I’m talking about the skills that the globally-connected, superstructured, computationally focused, smart-machine powered organizations of the future staffed by longer living and working, new media-using employees will require. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Dear HR Leader: It’s Time to Pass the Baton to a New Generation

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It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.

There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.

I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…

Talent Management

What Shelter Dogs Taught Me about Employee Engagement

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One day while volunteering at the animal shelter, my interactions with two of the dogs — Mia and Harper — reminded me of a fundamental truth about employee engagement.

It’s a truth that frequently gets ignored, and because of that, most employees are not nearly as productive or as engaged as they could be.

Mia was a high-spirited pit bull mix who needed some polishing up of her walking-on-a-leash-without-chomping-down-on-the-leash-and-dragging-me-around skills. Whenever she walked without grabbing the leash and pulling, I would praise her enthusiastically. Read more…

Talent Management

It’s High Time We Stopped Generalizing About Millennials

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Think about three or four co-workers that are the same general age as you are.

Do all of you have the same points of view? Do all of you behave the same way?

Of course not. And yet, every day we are bombarded with articles that make broad generalizations about workers based on the year they were born. There is no more targeted group for these articles than the Millennial generation. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Training Millennials: The Trick Is Knowing How They View Leadership

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Entry-level training programs for Millennials up to this point have neared perfection.

However, HR professionals now have another development conundrum: How do we train Generation Y for leadership?

In order to establish a leadership profile for the up-and-coming professionals, it is essential to understand the generation first. More importantly, you have to understand how they view leadership and what their role as leaders might look like. Read more…

Talent Management

3 Tips to Help Manage the Differences in a Multigenerational Workforce

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Today’s workforce is increasingly multigenerational due to the existence of three generations — Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennials (Generation Y).

A major challenge managers face is how to manage and motivate collaboration between their multigenerational employees. Such a diverse generational mix creates challenges for managers trying to adapt to the work styles, perspectives and motivating factors of each generation.

Bridging the gap between generationally diverse employees can be a difficult and stressful task. Read more…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: How Technology Can Help Internships, Youth Employment

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It’s a great tragedy that so many young people graduate from post-secondary education with no on-ramp to a career.

Many young people study law, teaching or medicine not because it is their calling but because those are the only programs with a clear line of sight to a job.

I’m wondering if HR Tech companies can help. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Five Great Out-of-the-Box Ways to Engage Your Employees

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It’s no secret that employee engagement drives productivity in the workplace.

In fact, organizations with a high level of engagement reported having 21 percent higher productivity, according to research by Gallup.

In an effort to create an engaging company culture that both boosts productivity in the workplace and creates loyal employees, companies are choosing to adopt new, unique ways of keeping their workers satisfied and engaged while at work. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Time is Right: Millennial Achievers to Need Step Up and Lead

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I’ve been writing and speaking about Millennials since they first made their way into the workplace as teenagers in 1998.

Since then, I’ve interacted with thousands of mature business owners and leaders who’ve confessed their struggles and frustrations in managing this enigmatic generation.

Today, more than half of all Millennials (born 1980-2000) are 25 and older, and the part-time teen workers of 1998 are now 35 years-old. They hate being lumped into a generational heap that’s been branded and widely criticized for being inherently lazy and entitled.

This is especially true for those overachieving Millennials, who are anything but lazy and entitled. Read more…