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  • Introduce ourselves Rahima who joined LBB in 2009 as a National Graduate Management Trainee and who is now, having completed the 2 year programme is permanently employeed with us … and is a generation Y employee having been born in 1985 Anne-Louise Clark, Head of OD and Internal Comms also joined LBB in 2009 but started work joined local government in 1985 … baby boomer generation having been born in 1963. We want to use these quite crude descriptors to tell our story in the hope that it generates some thoughts. We want to tell the story of a new starter (generation Y) and an old timer (her manager Baby Boomer … but only just if I had been born six months later I would have been generation x). Some of the views have been enhanced for the purpose of illustrating the key issues.
  • Picture the scene … one new job!, two people, three days to go! So Rahima … What were we thinking about as we prepared for lift off …
  • Updating facebook status looking forward to making wicked group of friends Drinks after work – can’t wait!!!!! Great career boost - Am on the path Was told they really want young blood and I’ll be working with senior managers to shape the organisation Expect its going to be really high tech People will see me as young and inexperienced Worried that it might be last in first out if there are job cuts
  • Will leave a postit note on my desk to remind me to get her desk ready and print out all the policies and procedures Really looking forward to having another pair of hands in the team – I am so busy Must finalise the induction programme and buddy with Jane she know the ropes and I thinks a daughter her age Have identified some tasks I need doing to ease her in gently – after all this is her first real job Just a bit worried that she may not appreciate the way we do things here …
  • Loving the flexible working conditions – great work life balance People are so weird about their desks and what hell are tea clubs So much paper to carry about, ironic to get a paper copy of the ICT Strategy Not yet been introduced to any senior managers Only got one BBM pin so far … lame
  • Wow she is fantastic on the computer – no idea how she does it – I keep asking her to weave her magic with excel! Result! It is great she got loads of ideas but I can’t always drop everything to discuss them in depth – I am so busy! Need to talk to her about interacting with the team more – I wonder what the policy is on confiscating her phone She keeps asking me about training, development and future opportunities already ... one step at a time I say
  • Tea making can be just as social as after work drinks – great way to network Not just old and crusty but experience really does count for a lot A good manager makes a huge difference I can see myself here in four to five years time You only get out what you put – I need to get involved and get noticed
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    • 1. The Generation Game Anne-Louise Clark (Baby Boomer) Rahima Shariff (Generation Y)Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 2. Three days to go What were you thinking …Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 3. Generation Y  Updating facebook status looking forward to making wicked group of friends  Drinks after work – can’t wait!!!!!  Great career boost - Am on the path  Was told they really want young blood and I’ll be working with senior managers to shape the organisation  Expect its going to be really high tech  People will see me as young and inexperienced  Worried that it might be last in first out if there are job cutsListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 4. Baby Boomer  Will leave a postit note on my desk to remind me to get her desk ready and print out all the policies and procedures  Really looking forward to having another pair of hands in the team – I am so busy  Must finalise the induction programme and buddy with Jane she know the ropes and I thinks a daughter her age  Have identified some tasks I need doing to ease her in gently – after all this is her first real job  Just a bit worried that she may not appreciate the way we do things here …Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 5. One month in What are you thinking nowListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 6. Generation Y  Loving the flexible working conditions – great work life balance  People are so weird about their desks and what hell are tea clubs  So much paper to carry about, ironic to get a paper copy of the ICT Strategy  Not yet been introduced to any senior managers  OMG Only got one BBM pin so far … lameListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 7. Baby Boomer  Wow she is fantastic on the computer – no idea how she does it – I keep asking her to weave her magic with excel! Result!  It is great she got loads of ideas but I can’t always drop everything to discuss them in depth – I am so busy!  Need to talk to her about interacting with the team more – I wonder what the policy is on confiscating her phone  She keeps asking me about training, development and future opportunities already ... one step at a time I sayListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 8. It has been six months now What have you learned?Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 9. Generation Y  Tea making can be just as social as after work drinks – great way to network  Not just old and crusty but experience really does count for a lot  A good manager makes a huge difference I can see myself here in four to five years time  You only get out what you put – I need to get involved and get noticedListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 10. Baby Boomer  I really appreciate the fresh thinking that she has brought to the team  Having someone who if happy to work more flexibly leaves us time to focus on outcomes  I need to find opportunities for personal development and keep her stimulated – don’t want her to leave  I have another new starter around her age and I will buddy them togetherListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 11. What the research tells us?Baby boomers Generation YSeek authority to make Expects empowerment todecisions get things doneStays with current Changes job every 2 – 3employer more than any yearsother generationOrganisation demonstrates Challenging work and ablesocial/environ responsibility to get things doneMovement up the See promotion as more of‘corporate ladder’ a ‘scramble net’.Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 12. What the research tells us?Baby boomers Generation YWant autonomy and Want specialist skillsserving the community development See themselves as technological multi-taskers Don’t want to be micro managedListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 13. Any QuestionsListening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk
    • 14. And finally Gen Y – ‘You don’t necessarily need to tick boxes in your life plan – you need to maximise the here and now …’ BB – ‘The constant need to provide opportunities for creative challenges, professional development and recognition can be difficult but rewarding’. Gen Y – ‘Don’t be threatened – I here to learn not take your job’. BB – ‘Just because I’m over 45 don’t think am over the hill’Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk