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GTRI Generations


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Millennials (and other generations) in the workplace (July 2011)

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GTRI Generations

  1. 1. GTRI Generations<br />
  2. 2. “For the first time in modern history, workplace demographics now span four generations, meaning that 20-year-old new hires can find themselves working side-by-side with colleagues who are older than they are by 50 years (or even more).” <br />“Leading a Multigenerational Workforce”<br />by Susan A. Murphy, PhD (AARP 2007)<br />Today’s Workforce<br />
  3. 3. Workforce Generations<br />* Projections by Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment <br />
  4. 4. Think of a workplace where you are working alongside your grandfather, mother, brother, child and younger cousin.<br />What would work well with this mix in the workplace?<br />What challenges could arise in the workplace?<br />Imagine….<br />
  5. 5. Workplace Values<br />
  6. 6. GTRI Generations<br />What do you think GTRI’s<br />generations look like?<br />
  7. 7. GTRI Generations – Part 2<br />What do you think GTRI’s<br />generations look like?<br />
  8. 8. GTRI Generations – Part 3<br />Breakdown of Workforce by Employee Class<br />
  9. 9. Recruiting <br />
  10. 10. Recruiting and Retaining Y<br />
  11. 11. Millennial video clip<br />
  12. 12. Source: 8095 Project, Edelman<br />Important Sources<br />
  13. 13. Important Factors<br />
  14. 14. Luring the Brightest Minds<br />It’s not simply about money. <br />Or a recognizable business name. <br />The millennial is more internet savvy and wants to use modern technology to accomplish business goals. <br />Corporate culture is an important factor for both recruiting and retaining good employees from this generation. <br />Corporate values mean a lot to the millennial crowd. <br />
  15. 15. The values that the business supports must reflect a modern attitude toward diversity and “going green”. <br />Luring the Brightest (cont’d)<br />
  16. 16. GTRI’s Green Efforts – “Teaching Old Buildings Green Tricks”<br />Princeton Review Names Georgia Tech One of Greenest Colleges in U.S.<br />GTRI Researchers Assist Scouts with Merit Badges<br />GTRI’s/GT’s Efforts<br />
  17. 17. Developingand Rewarding<br />
  18. 18. What Millennials Hear Us Say. . .<br />“That we deserve a pat on the back for doing minimal work.”<br />- Male, 19<br />“That we expect praise just for showing up.”<br />- Female, 24<br />“That we’re unmotivated and irresponsible.”<br />- Male, 27<br />“That we think we’re supposed to start at the top and are not willing to work our way up.”<br />-Female, 24<br />“That we’re lazy and feel entitled to a big paycheck.”<br />- Female, 25<br />“That we’re unmotivated and self-centered.”<br />- Female, 25<br />Source: 8095 Project, Edelman<br />
  19. 19. How Millennials Like to Work<br /><ul><li>Want to see the bigger picture and their role in it</li></ul>Work best in teams<br />Prefer flexible work environments<br />Lines between work and play blurred<br />Special treatment?<br />
  20. 20. Feedback for Millennials<br />Crave (and seek out) constant feedback from multiple sources<br />Millennials appreciate honesty (without condescension)<br />Provide positive reinforcement through multimedia<br />iAppreciate iPhone and Android app<br />
  21. 21. Feedback for Millennials (cont’d)<br />Source: O.C. Tanner iAppreciate iPhone and Android app<br />
  22. 22. Rewards and Recognition<br />Recognize a job well-done (not all trophies are bad!)<br />Heroes in the workplace<br />Rewards that motivate – awards, certificates, tangible evidence of credibility<br />
  23. 23. Career Opportunities<br />Take advantage of common values between generations<br />Reciprocal mentorships<br />Explore opportunities beyond formal titles<br />Job rotation programs<br />
  24. 24. Retaining<br />
  25. 25. Keeping Them Around<br />
  26. 26. CareerLINK<br />Sponsors, Buddies<br />Professional Development Program<br />GTRI Training<br />Mentor/Protégé program (sponsored by DDO)<br />Mentor Tech Program<br />Masters Series Executive Development Program<br />Retention Efforts at GTRI and Tech<br />
  27. 27. Millennials in the Workplace<br />“[Companies] will benefit from this generation’s best and brightest, who possess significant strengths in teamwork, technology skills, social networking and multitasking. Millennials are bred for achievement.”<br />-- Ron Alsop (author of The Trophy Kids Grow Up)<br />
  28. 28. We All Generally Want the Same Thing. . .<br />Regardless of our generation:<br />To be respected<br />To be recognized for a job well-done<br />To be coached<br />To be consulted<br />To be connected<br />We just want these things presented in different ways. . .<br />
  29. 29. Want to Learn More?<br />The GTRI Leadership Library has several books on this and related topics:<br />Geeks and Geezers by Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas<br />Generations at Work by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, and Bob Filipczak<br />1001 Ways to Reward Employees by Bob Nelson<br />Winning the Talent Wars by Bruce Tulgan<br />Effective Mentoring by Norman H. Cohen<br />
  30. 30. Questions?<br />