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Bridging the Generational Gap
Keeping Your Sanity in the Workplace
Chris Perez, APR | @cperez08
Matt Prince | @Matt_Prince...
The definition of your generation
does not define who you are.
It’s an artificial designation, and whether
you choose to a...
Traditionalists
1925 - 1945
#PRSAWDC
Baby Boomers
1946 - 1964
#PRSAWDC
Generation X
1965 - 1979
#PRSAWDC
Millennials
1980 - 1997
#PRSAWDC
Generation Z
1997 - 2010
#PRSAWDC
By 2020, Millennials will
make up HALF of the workforce.
60% of employees report friction
between younger and older employ...
How Millennials
Describe Themselves
Hard Working
How HR Professionals
Describe Millennials
65% People Savvy 14%
35% 86%
82...
The PROBLEM with stereotyping:
Poor Employee Morale
Difficult Hiring/Low Retention
Diminished Productivity
Threat of Litig...
STEREOTYPES
- -the
BEATING
#PRSAWDC
Trophy Kids
Millennials are:
#PRSAWDC
Millennials grew up
coddled, needing nothing.
They are demanding
and have a warped
sense of entitlement.
#PRSAWDC
Beat It Deal with it
Provide regular feedback
When criticizing, underline
their importance
You are NOT special
Be OK with ...
Technophobes
Older Workers are:
#PRSAWDC
Older workers are
seriously behind
technology curve.
And worse, they mock
and criticize what they
don’t understand.
#PRSAW...
Beat It Deal with it
Reverse mentor
Find common ground
Accept your differences
You can’t learn it,
if you don’t DO it
#PRS...
Narcissistic
Millennials are:
#PRSAWDC
Their devotion to social
media has created a
#selfie culture that feeds
on daily validation.
#PRSAWDC
Beat It Deal with it
Be patient, but firm
Listen
Explain YOUR feelings
Grow up!
Filter Your Life: IFE IFE
#PRSAWDC
Stuck in Tradition
Older Workers are:
#PRSAWDC
Older managers are
stuck in the way it’s
always been done.
#PRSAWDC
Beat It Deal with it
Demonstrate new
best practices
Pick your battles
Reduce # and length
of meetings
Offer flex time/crea...
Difficult to
work with
Millennials are:
#PRSAWDC
They bring their
lifestyle to the office.
Show no initiative.
Are opinionated.
And don’t show
enough respect.
#PRSAWDC
Beat It Deal with it
Lighten up
Show respect
Build structure
Take risks
Recognize professionalism
Be better than everyone ...
Difficult to
Work With
Older Workers are:
#PRSAWDC
They are parenting
millennials at home
and trying to
parent at work.
#PRSAWDC
Beat It Deal with it
Give to get
Accept responsibility
Don’t compare to your kids
Don’t say:
“When I was your age!”
Leave ...
WANT:
What we all
#PRSAWDC
1. Good Career
2. Happy Marriage
3. Loving Family
Bridging the Generational Gap
Keeping Your Sanity in the Workplace
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Matt Prince | @Matt_Prince...
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With four different generations converging in today's workforce, the struggles of communication and workplace dominance have never been stronger. Join the debate as we pair two generations on one stage to compare the strengths and weaknesses of Millennials and Old Schoolers, and learn the value in understanding one another to bridge the generational divide.

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  1. 1. Bridging the Generational Gap Keeping Your Sanity in the Workplace Chris Perez, APR | @cperez08 Matt Prince | @Matt_Prince #PRSAWDC
  2. 2. The definition of your generation does not define who you are. It’s an artificial designation, and whether you choose to accept it, is up to you. #PRSAWDC
  3. 3. Traditionalists 1925 - 1945 #PRSAWDC
  4. 4. Baby Boomers 1946 - 1964 #PRSAWDC
  5. 5. Generation X 1965 - 1979 #PRSAWDC
  6. 6. Millennials 1980 - 1997 #PRSAWDC
  7. 7. Generation Z 1997 - 2010 #PRSAWDC
  8. 8. By 2020, Millennials will make up HALF of the workforce. 60% of employees report friction between younger and older employees. #PRSAWDC
  9. 9. How Millennials Describe Themselves Hard Working How HR Professionals Describe Millennials 65% People Savvy 14% 35% 86% 82% 1% 86% 11% Tech Savvy Loyal to Employer
  10. 10. The PROBLEM with stereotyping: Poor Employee Morale Difficult Hiring/Low Retention Diminished Productivity Threat of Litigation
  11. 11. STEREOTYPES - -the BEATING #PRSAWDC
  12. 12. Trophy Kids Millennials are: #PRSAWDC
  13. 13. Millennials grew up coddled, needing nothing. They are demanding and have a warped sense of entitlement. #PRSAWDC
  14. 14. Beat It Deal with it Provide regular feedback When criticizing, underline their importance You are NOT special Be OK with not getting a trophy #PRSAWDC
  15. 15. Technophobes Older Workers are: #PRSAWDC
  16. 16. Older workers are seriously behind technology curve. And worse, they mock and criticize what they don’t understand. #PRSAWDC
  17. 17. Beat It Deal with it Reverse mentor Find common ground Accept your differences You can’t learn it, if you don’t DO it #PRSAWDC
  18. 18. Narcissistic Millennials are: #PRSAWDC
  19. 19. Their devotion to social media has created a #selfie culture that feeds on daily validation. #PRSAWDC
  20. 20. Beat It Deal with it Be patient, but firm Listen Explain YOUR feelings Grow up! Filter Your Life: IFE IFE #PRSAWDC
  21. 21. Stuck in Tradition Older Workers are: #PRSAWDC
  22. 22. Older managers are stuck in the way it’s always been done. #PRSAWDC
  23. 23. Beat It Deal with it Demonstrate new best practices Pick your battles Reduce # and length of meetings Offer flex time/creative work environment Reevaluate evaluations #PRSAWDC
  24. 24. Difficult to work with Millennials are: #PRSAWDC
  25. 25. They bring their lifestyle to the office. Show no initiative. Are opinionated. And don’t show enough respect. #PRSAWDC
  26. 26. Beat It Deal with it Lighten up Show respect Build structure Take risks Recognize professionalism Be better than everyone else #PRSAWDC
  27. 27. Difficult to Work With Older Workers are: #PRSAWDC
  28. 28. They are parenting millennials at home and trying to parent at work. #PRSAWDC
  29. 29. Beat It Deal with it Give to get Accept responsibility Don’t compare to your kids Don’t say: “When I was your age!” Leave drama at home #PRSAWDC
  30. 30. WANT: What we all #PRSAWDC 1. Good Career 2. Happy Marriage 3. Loving Family
  31. 31. Bridging the Generational Gap Keeping Your Sanity in the Workplace Chris Perez, APR | @cperez08 Matt Prince | @Matt_Prince #PRSAWDC
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