Multi-generational Workforce

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Generation Y, those born between approximately 1978 and 2000, currently number 76 million in the U.S workforce today (Financial Post). By 2016 they will be 100 million strong (Genup). This group, also called the millennial generation, are stirring things up in the workforce.

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November 1, 2013

A majority of working Americans are satisfied with the boundaries they have between work and home, and slightly more than half say they never or rarely bring work home, according to a new national poll on work/life balance.

But while the findings are mostly positive, “there is some room for improvement,” said Dean Debnam, CEO of Workplace Options, which commissioned the poll.

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October 22, 2013

HR professionals no doubt have spent plenty of time managing differences among their companies’ various generations of employees. Now, one consultant says, there’s a new group of workers who deserve immediate attention: Generation Z.

October 7, 2013

Much like how the Baby Boomers are reshaping retirement, the even bigger Millennial generation is causing organizations to rethink how work is accomplished. Employers can benefit by listening to Millennials, said Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing at, a job board and career-advice website.

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September 4, 2013

On August 28, @weknownext chatted with special guests, HR and Social Media "Nextperts," Aliah Wright (@1SHRMScribe),  Jay Kuhns (@JayKuhns), Jessica Miller (@blogging4jobs

August 28, 2013
Summer is typically the peak employment season for teens; yet the percentage of America’s 16-to-19-year-olds who land jobs during the sunny months has plummeted over the past decade, and so far this summer, the percentage already lags behind last year’s figures.
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August 12, 2013
America's youngest workers are almost twice as likely as Baby Boomers to buy personal items with a company credit card, almost three times as likely to blog or tweet something negative about their company, and about two and a half times as likely to take company software home for their own use, according to a new study.
For Generational Differences in Workplace Ethics, the Arlington, Va.-based Ethics Resource Center interviewed 4,800 working adults, by phone or online, from Sept. 15 to 29, 2011. It released the results June 24, 2013.  
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July 8, 2013

Every 12.6 seconds, a blog about generational differences is written. Ok, I made that up, but you get my point. Much is written about what is wrong with the expectations of generations, but there needs to be more action around what we can do to make it better. As HR and business professionals, we need to take a more active role in preparing future generations for expectations in the workplace.

May 20, 2013


There are now five generations in the workplace, and boy, don’t we know it. Seems like you can hardly pick up an HR- or business-related publication these days without some reference to one of these groups: the Traditionalists (1925-45), the Baby Boomers (1946-64), Gen X (1965-80), Gen Y or Millennials (1981-95), and Generation Zen (1996-present).

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May 14, 2013

For the past 40+ years, Boomer and Gen X women have “leaned in” to balance work and family in order to have it all.  Many have done so with great success.  However, that success seems to drop off significantly somewhere between the levels of “management” and the “executive offices.”

May 10, 2013

On May 8, @weknownext chatted with Matt Charney of Talemetry and Lizzie Maldonado of Starr Conspiracy about "The Next Generation Workplace."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:

May 8, 2013

Where do young professionals see themselves in the next 10, 15 … 25 years? 

Where do their employers see them?

We know that the next generation of workers has already initiated a historical shift in the workplace.  They’re demanding cultures that are mobile, flexible, collaborative, and learning-focused.  They view top-down organizational structures as obstacles for accomplishing goals and prefer networks of peers over hierarchy.  

But what do they think about leadership and ladder climbing when their vision for the future doesn’t really have any ladders?

May 6, 2013

On March 20, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Chip Luman (@Cluman) about the topic "Collective Leadership - Getting Everyone Involved."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:

March 20, 2013

A Q&A with Appature CEO, Kabir Shahani

After my recent post about young leaders, I had a chance to catch-up with Kabir Shahani of Appature.

March 20, 2013

Even as stock prices rise, unemployment drops and overall recovery takes hold, more U.S. workers than ever are planning to delay retirement, according to a 2012 report from The Conference Board, an independent business membership and research association. 

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February 18, 2013

“Retirement is for sissies” reads the tagline on former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie. In the “Governator’s” latest go-round as an action hero—“The Last Stand”—he plays a long-in-the-tooth sheriff charged with stopping a drug kingpin from reaching the Mexican border.

February 12, 2013

With changing cultural trends, the rise of the knowledge worker, and technology-catalyzed speed of ramp-up, we're seeing more and more examples of younger leaders, managing folks older than them. This was once unheard of. Tenure, not tenacity, once trumped all. Not anymore.

Why build your “fan base?” A village to raise a child, a world to make that child a success.

I'm a sucker for the storyline in which a single man or woman rises up above all odds, then gets to bask in the sweet glory of showing up those who doubted them.

February 4, 2013

Helicopter parenting is the new catchphrase for over-parenting in the 21st century, and while the phenomenon manifests itself mostly during school years, it has crossed the workplace border as many moms and dads now manage their children’s careers.

Employers report more frequent parental involvement in the adult child’s job search and continued involvement even after hire. 

December 31, 2012

GenY wants to run the world and there is nothing wrong with that. Baby Boomers and GenXers need to be willing to step up and mentor this group. For 2013, I boldly predict the generations will come together and get this right.

December 10, 2012

On November 14, SHRM We Know Next chatted with Rebecca Hastings (@SHRMDiversedit) about Gen X- The Invisible Generation.

November 15, 2012