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Engaging the Next Generation Today: A Fresh Look at Your Multigenerational Staff. Houston Ruck Creative Director Growth Energy. Shira Harrington Founder & President Purposeful Hire. Kids These Days!. “Children today are tyrants.

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Engaging the next generation today a fresh look at your multigenerational staff

Engaging the Next Generation Today: A Fresh Look at Your Multigenerational Staff

Houston Ruck

Creative Director

Growth Energy

Shira Harrington

Founder & President

Purposeful Hire


Kids these days
Kids These Days!

“Children today are tyrants.

They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Socrates (470-399 B.C.)


Disclaimers about the generations
Disclaimers About the Generations


What shaped the traditionalists
What Shaped the Traditionalists?

Traditionalist

1915 - 1945


Traditionalist values
Traditionalist Values

  • Hard work

  • Sacrifice

  • Respect for authority

  • Following the rules

  • Frugality

  • Military focus

  • God and country


What shaped the baby boomers
What Shaped the Baby Boomers?

Baby Boomer

1946 - 1964


Baby boomer values
Baby Boomer Values

  • Respect for seniority

  • Live to work

  • Pay your dues

  • Face time

  • Career-focused

  • Competitive

  • Long-tenured jobs

  • Women in leadership

  • Diversity / Civil rights


Baby boomers today
Baby Boomers Today

  • Sandwiched generation

  • Facing financial crisis

  • Can’t retire

  • Long life expectancy

  • Many want to reinvent their careers


What shaped generation x
What Shaped Generation X?

Generation X

1965 - 1980


Generation x values
Generation X Values

  • Independence

  • Self-reliance

  • Cynicism

  • Questions authority

  • Entrepreneurism

  • Work to live

  • Work-life balance


Generation x today
Generation X Today

  • Many choosing to forgo executive roles

  • Waiting for Boomers to retire

  • Moms trying to re-enter workforce


What shaped the millennials
What Shaped the Millennials?

Millennial

1981 - 2000


Millennial values
Millennial Values

  • High expectations / Self-esteem

  • Strong parental influence

  • Global diversity

  • Saving the environment

  • Tech-focused

  • Team oriented

  • Work-life integration

  • Multi-tasking

  • Rapid career advancement

  • Frequent feedback

  • Question everything

  • Personal branding


Millennials today
Millennials Today

  • Facing massive college debt

  • 61% of recent grads unemployed or underemployed

  • Want to innovate but fear failing

  • Afraid of commitment

  • Unlimited opportunities

  • Want to change the world


Generational work values
Generational Work Values


Decline of employer loyalty
Decline of Employer Loyalty

Who are YOU loyal to?

  • Older generations loyal to employer

  • 1990s recession broke loyalty contract

  • Millennials tuned to station WIIFM

  • Employees are paid volunteers

  • Focused on career advancement

    This is a challenge for succession planning!


Authority leadership
Authority / Leadership

How does a leader get respect?

Older workers

  • Respect for authority based on military model (age, tenure, rank)

    Younger workers

  • Respect for authority not assumed…it’s earned


What happened to work ethic
What Happened to Work Ethic?

Face time… or get the job done?

Older workers

  • Putting in face time = good work ethic

    Younger workers

  • Paid to get job done regardless of when/where


Sharing knowledge
Sharing Knowledge

Is Knowledge Really Power?

Older Workers

  • Knowledge is on need-to-know basis

    Younger Workers

  • Knowledge should be shared freely



Discuss at your tables
Discuss at your tables

What is one thing you could do to raise the level of engagement in your multigenerational workforce?


Questions
Questions?

Shira Harrington

Founder & President

Purposeful Hire, Inc.

[email protected]

703-508-9573

www.purposefulhire.com

Houston Ruck

Creative Director

Growth Energy

[email protected]

@SawatdeeRuck


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