Merging the Generations

GOALS:

Our workforce is made up of four generations, all with different experiences, influences and values.  How do we create a climate and culture that respects and engages each generation and individual?  This seminar will identify the differences in each generation, including what has shaped their experiences and values, as well as explore shared characteristics and goals.   Participants will learn specific methods to facilitate and enhance communication, build on generational and individual strengths, and foster a workplace of respect and collaborative excellence.

RATIONALE:

  • Currently 40 million Millennials in workforce, 58 million by 2014
  • Estimated 38 million Gen-X employees
  • By 2016, some of 70 million Baby Boomers expected to retire
  • Retired Baby Boomers and Traditionalists are returning to workforce in different roles
  • We’re short some 10 million workers with the right skills
  • From a bottom-line perspective, enhancing communication and fostering respect and collaboration between generations is essential

RESEARCH:

Arnett, J.J. (2004).  Emerging adulthood.  New York:  Oxford University Press.
Dweck, C.S.  (2006).  Mindset.  New York:  Ballantine Books.
Espinoza, C., Ukleja, M., & Rusch, C.  (2010).  Managing the millennials.  
    Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons.
Lancaster, L.C. & Stillman, D.  (2010).  The M-factor.  New York:  Harper Collins.
Lancaster, L.C. & Stillman, D.  (2002).  When generations collide.  New York:
    Harper Collins.
Lipkin, N.A. & Perrymore, A.J. (2009).  Y in the workplace.  Franklin Lakes, NJ:
    Career Press.
Nelson, B. & Economy, P.  (2005).  The management bible. Hoboken, NJ:
    John Wiley& Sons, Inc.
Pink, D. H.  (2009).  Drive.  New York:  Riverhead Books.

METHODS:

This interactive workshop will include lecture, discussion, and group activities. Strategies will be modeled throughout and participants will engage in activities designed to effectively motivate and manage Millennials.