This morning, my colleague and I attended an early morning Power Breakfast Series where today's topic was Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce. A Millennial, Seth Mattison of Bridgeworks, LLC, delivered the opening presentation, followed by a 40+ minute Q&A period between business leaders and registered participants. Whether you were a Traditionalist, Boomer, Xer or Millennial, there was something for everyone to takeaway from the presentation:
M e, You, They, Them...find a middle ground and mentor each other to make the workplace work
U nderstanding in order to bridge the gap
L earn from one another, no matter what your age, perspective, or generation
T alk and communicate in multiple ways, from texting, tweets, FB, LI, blogging, and e-mails to good old-fashioned face-to-face communication; do what works
I mplementing clear policies and practices with set guidelines for privacy & protection
G iving up old ways to gain and get to new, next level
E xpectations stated clearly for everyone
N etworking socially to leverage everything
E xtend a hand to help everyone succeed
R especting, reverence, and regard for one another; be real
A ppreciating and accepting
T hink before you judge, anyone or anything
I nvite a Millennial to hang out with you and then learn from each other; inquire about a parent pack (if you should happen to be a helicopter parent)
O utcomes and results -- many ways to get there; opportunities to share; openness
N eed to connect, not disconnect; state what you need; ask, what do you need?
A ll of us, in this - together
L isten, let go, learn!
That's what I learned today and I thought it worth sharing. What has your job search taught you about a multi-generational workplace? What do you think is important in today's multi-generational workforce?
cross-posted at billiesucherblog