The Next Generation Catalyst Podcast episode #036.
In this episode of the Next Generation Catalyst Podcast, we interview author and leading expert in generational diversity, Chip Espinoza. We discuss the workplace management challenges for Millennials and how Millennials can overcome them to become great leaders.
Ready or not, the next generation of workers, Generation Z (the generation after Millennials), are set to enter the workforce. Whether or not they will cause as much disruption as the Millennial generation remains to be seen. What is clear is that they will have different expectations, preferences, and perspectives of work that will challenge many existing organizations.
The first wave of Generation Z workers have already entered the workforce in the form of internships. More than 3 in 4 of Generation Z believe they will need to work harder compared to past generations to have a satisfying and fulfilling professional life. And 41% of Generation Z state that working at a midsize organizations is their ideal work environment. Read more
One of the top objections I hear after speaking to an audience is how overly sensitive Millennials are to receiving criticism from their managers. Many Millennials have had a childhood chock-full of successes, and often the first failure they encounter is at work which leaves the responsibility on managers to deliver the appropriate feedback.
Even the classic “feedback sandwich”–constructive or negative feedback sandwiched between positive feedback–is hard to swallow for many Millennials…which is ironic since they are the foodie generation.
So what’s a manager of Millennials to do? Especially since Millennials want feedback50% more often than other employees. Read more
Humans have a past with resisting change.
Around 370 BC, Socrates warned against writing because it would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories.” People railed against the first newspapers, arguing that it socially isolated readers and would erode face-to-face communication. When radio and television arrived, many were fearful that it would distract children, diminish performance in school, and turn their brains to mush.
Now enter technology and the Internet, an endless on-demand combination of writing, radio, and television rolled into one. If anyone was going to be concerned about forgetfulness, social isolation, distraction, and mushy brains, it would be today. Read more