May '19

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1 4 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 some of you that have the impression that Gen Xers are unimpressed with authority, but it is your competence that they admire. Gen Xers want to be offered choices. They revel in learning new things and nourish retention of skills and knowledge that they will need now and later in life. I hope you are sitting down for this next observation. They probably don't see the job you have for them as one they will hone from cradle to grave. Most Gen Xers fully expect to have more than eight different jobs in their adult careers. WHAT TO DO ABOUT WORKING WITH MILLENNIALS AND GENERATION Z It's interesting to note that Millennials would typically choose workplace flexibility, work/ life balance, and the opportunity for an overseas assignment over financial rewards. If you find that the majority of the people in your employ are Millennials and/or Gen Z workers take a moment to answer these next questions: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Your Personal Business Trainer For more insight and guidance as to how to adjust your managerial style based on age, the author suggests grabbing Valerie Grubbs' book, Clash of the Generations: Managing the New Workplace Reality. 1. When you have an occasion to dole out salary adjustments, are they incrementally small (a few cents an hour) based mostly on cost of living increases? 2. Do you express appreciation for job effort with a casual "thank you" and pat on the back often? 3. Do you assign challenging jobs to people hoping they will learn as they go? 4. Do you allow the workplace to be disorganized, cluttered, or dirty? 5. Do you share–verbally or behavioral- ly–your stress of running the business with your employees? 6. Do you find yourself answering ques- tions with "because I said so"? 7. Do you look the other way when staff members exhibit unacceptable or questionable behavior? 8. Do you solicit and then generally ignore employees' opinions and ideas? 9. Do you skip giving regular, somewhat formal performance reviews because there just isn't time? 10. Do you tend to micromanage most aspects of your business? On the surface, answering yes or some- times doesn't seem that inappropriate, but these are the things managers do that drive younger employees crazy and have them considering working elsewhere. Contributing columnist, Karen Higgin- bottom, wrote in Forbes magazine the seven things employers should know about the Gen Z workforce: • Their parents have the greatest influ- ence on their educational and profes- sional decision-making, but the per- spectives of friends and teachers are important, too • Curiosity is the strongest motivator for choosing a course of study. Money helps too, as does the chance to help people

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