The August 27 MetroHartford Alliance Rising Star Breakfast is focused on generational differences in the workplace. As Baby Boomers extend their careers beyond predicted retirement and eager Millennials are climbing the ranks, finding ways to effectively communicate across the generational divide is critical for productivity. In researching the topic, MetroHartford Alliance staff members came across interesting resources that we'd like to share with you here.
Rising Star Breakfast keynote speaker Alpesh Bhatt
wrote a book that has been called a "mini MBA for the 21st century." The Triple-Soy Decaf-Latte Era: How Business and Organization are Fundamentally Transforming
discusses how the Era of Access is rapidly transforming the fundamental rules of the game in ways that seem incomprehensible from the perspective of the Industrial Era.
The Pew Research Center
published a report in 2010 called Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change
. Click here
for the Executive Summary, or here
for the complete 147-page report.They also created this 15-question quiz
to measure your "millennial-ness." Forbes
has covered Millennials in many of their pieces, including Zack O'Malley Greenburg's How Millennials Can Survive and Thrive in the New Economy
. Forbes's Jenna Goudreau authored a series called "Youth In the Office: A Blessing or a Curse?
" and Why We Need to Take 20-Something's Seriously
We also stumbled upon on a wealth of though provoking articles on ComeRecommended.com. In Millennials vs. Baby Boomers In the Workplace and What Gen Y Can Learn From Older Employees in the Workplace, Dana Schwartz articulates sentiments that both sides of the generational divide can relate to. She goes on to offer Millennial retention strategies in her piece How to Keep 'Em Around: 3 Things Gen Y Employees Want in the Workplace.
Not even sure exactly what makes someone a millennial? Annie Kohanek offers an explanation in Employers: Who and What Are Millennials?
This blog post and the Rising Star Breakfast are just the beginning of a meaningful exchange on this topic, and we want to hear from you. Did any of these articles strike a chord? Are there other helpful resources out there that you've found? Do you have any suggestions for how we might continue the conversation in future programming? Let us know in a comment below!