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Spanning the Generations in the Association Workforce

  1. 1. Spanning Generations in the Association Workforce Kathie Pugaczewski, CAE Paul Hanscom, CAE
  2. 2. Estimated US Workforce by Generation Number/Percentage <ul><li>Generation Y (1981-1999)74 million/31.2% </li></ul><ul><li>Generation X (1965-1980) 60 million/25.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers (1946-1964)76 million/32.1% </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists (1900-1945) 27 million/11.4% </li></ul><ul><li>Bartlett-Bragg, August 17, 2004 Bartlett-Bragg, Anne. (2004). </li></ul><ul><li>“ 4 Generations in the Workplace”. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Technologies . August 17, 2004. digitaldialogues . blogs .com </li></ul>
  3. 3. Transitioning Workforce <ul><li>Very soon, Gen Yers will outnumber Baby Boomers in the workplace. Over the next 3 years, between 6 and 7 million more Gen Yers will join the workforce while more and more Boomers leave. 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly 75% of executive directors/CEOs report that they plan to leave their job within the next five years. 2 </li></ul><ul><li>1. Martin, Dr. Carolyn, and Bruce Tulgan. (2007). Executive Summary: </li></ul><ul><li>Managing the Generation Mix™, Managing the Generation Mix .2d </li></ul><ul><li>Edition. HRD Press (2006). RainmakerThinking, Inc. Pages 1-31. </li></ul><ul><li>www.rainmakerthinking.com p. 3. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Next Shift: Beyond the Nonprofit </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Crisis (2007). Building Movement Project. Generational Monograph </li></ul><ul><li>Series. www. buildingmovement .org </li></ul>
  4. 4. Traditionalists <ul><li>Faced the Depression & WWII </li></ul><ul><li>Bootstrapped their success </li></ul><ul><li>Respect familiarity and relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Small, tight network </li></ul><ul><li>Founded the association </li></ul>
  5. 5. Boomers <ul><li>Raised with hope and opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Driven by desire to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Want to help others </li></ul><ul><li>Socialize and network </li></ul><ul><li>Committed to the organization </li></ul>
  6. 6. Generation X <ul><li>Independent and individualistic </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-focused </li></ul><ul><li>Career building </li></ul><ul><li>Family first </li></ul><ul><li>More time and effort to build relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups </li></ul>
  7. 7. Generation Y <ul><li>More socially outgoing than X </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and exchanging info </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual networking </li></ul><ul><li>Well traveled abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Participation episodic </li></ul><ul><li>Desire Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>More time online than TV </li></ul>
  8. 8. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Setting Career Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Experience, Education & Training </li></ul><ul><li>Common Frustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Common Misconceptions </li></ul>
  9. 9. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Around Career Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists Build a legacy </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers Build a stellar career </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Xers Build a portable career </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y Build a parallel career </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D. (2002, When Generations Collide) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Around Job Change </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists Carries stigma </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers Puts you behind </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Xers Is necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y Is routine, 7 times before early 30s </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D. (2002, When Generations Collide) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Around Training </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists Learned the hard way, you </li></ul><ul><li>can too </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers Train them too much </li></ul><ul><li>and they’ll leave </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Xers The more they learn, the stronger their connection </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y Continuous learning Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D. (2002, When Generations Collide) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Around Education & Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists Learn from experience </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers Learn from experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Xers Learn from training and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y Learn from informal networking and formal education - experience will take care of itself </li></ul>
  13. 13. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Common Frustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists Too much change </li></ul><ul><li>Undervalued experience/history </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers Always the problem solver </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Xers Middle child syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y Undervalued education </li></ul><ul><li>Kid treatment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Generational Comparison <ul><li>Common Misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists Younger generations are lazy </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers Younger generations are coddled </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Xers Glass ceiling and rising floor </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Y Experience doesn’t matter </li></ul>
  15. 15. Creating Solutions <ul><li>Invite Open dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionalists document history/experience </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers create space for creative ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Gen X, Y take on greater leadership roles – show initiative/urgency </li></ul><ul><li>Younger leaders prepare for the next generation </li></ul>
  16. 16. Helpful Resources <ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>www. buildingmovement .org </li></ul><ul><li>www.generationsatwork.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.nextgenerationconsulting.com </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>The Fourth Turning , Strauss </li></ul><ul><li>When Generations Collide , Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D </li></ul><ul><li>Managing the Generation Mix , Martin, Dr . C., & Bruce Tulgan </li></ul>
  17. 17. Kathie Pugaczewski, CAE kathiep@ewald.com Paul Hanscom, CAE paulh@ewald.com www.ewald.com Questions?

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