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  • 1. GETTING THEBASTARDS OUT OF BED“Working Smarter NOT Harder” Zoe Cowan @TheGadgetorium
  • 2. Overview Zoe – Introduction Research – Gen Y, Z, AO. Why start it in the first place? Stressed out, depressed, unmotivated, easily distracted under 30s. Lazy, surgically attached to a mobile, cant handle customer complaints, job-hopping and always asking "why do I have to” Why is this relevant to the web industry?Summary Look at generations Y, Z and AO. How each generation performs best in the work environment. Generation gap. What we need to do/change in order to the best out of the next generation
  • 3. Interaction
  • 4. Work with Generations Baby boomers 1946-64 Gen X 1965-81 Gen Y – The millennial, net generation1980- 2003 (Could be 1976-2000?)How to keep Gen Y Employees:1. Throw them into the deep end on their first day2. Publicly reward junior team members who are doing a great job3. Ask frequent questions.4. Give them personal attention - Constant contact5. Emphasize long-term rewards, and set an example along with rapid advancement and a competitive salary.6. Short-term projects. Reducing boredom.7. Cubicle Shackles8. Mentor Programs and Leadership Training9. Maintain Flexibility10. Fire toxic employees or those who are not performing immediately, especially if they have any interaction with younger people.
  • 5. Generation Gap:Changes from boomers, gen x and y to gen z and ao Baby boomers to intro of computers, intro of theweb, now generation z and ao Changing of classroom technology Traineeships advantage, increase employabilityskills Change needs to start at the education stage Employability Skills re introduced Retrain Employershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Zby_7ncK8
  • 6. Work with GenerationsGen Z—Geni (internet) 1994-2004 Lack empathy. Can’t deal with complaints. 15 minutes of fame. Depressed. Vote you off. Happy to change jobs. Move up corporate ladderKen Robinson – Changing Education Paradigms.http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.htmlGeneration Gap Problems with staff/schools not having enough knowledge of technology. Being afraid of technology. Why should they try? All they hear is us complainingHow to work/teach with Gen Z Collaborative learning Retrain existing staff Shorter tasks, multitask Flexible work hours Keep them busy eg technology, facebook, twitter. Don’t take it away, incorporate to work place Traineeships, staff incentives
  • 7. Employability SkillsHow often do you see the following in a job advertisement?generation Z have lost employability skills. Now embeddingthis in to generation AO’s learning. Communication Teamwork Problem Solving Initiative Planning and Organising Self-Management Learning Technology
  • 8. Work with GenerationsGen AO- early 2000-2020. Always ON A loss of patience, lack of empathy and a lack of deep-thinkingability- OR NOT?How to teach/work with Gen AO Less social media in class Bringing Employability skills back in to the classroomACTIVE LEARNINGhttp:/www.youtube.comwatchv=lfT_hoiuY8w&html5=True We are only just discovering the potential of this generation Working collaboratively together- No matter what industry youwork in, we are all experiencing the same issues.
  • 9. Work with Generations
  • 10. Work with GenerationsWhat has worked for me? Rules QR – codes Facebook Page Staff incentives Mentoring staff Offering traineeships Speaking with staff/students regularly to ask for their feedback.Ask staff to research what new ideas, programs are being created orused. Acknowledging staff/students publicly when they have a greatidea Encouraging exercise
  • 11. WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS A willingness to change, grow and learn from your staff/students. Staff retention Staff getting out of bedIn the future, you will be able to multi task: Design QR codes, complete a risk assessment, email it whilst on the way to mentoring your next staff member/student, scan documents, save a tree and have plenty of time to go for a run before you go back to start work, then………. study in the evening. THANK YOU QUESTIONS?