Update as of April 2: This article has officially “gone viral”. To date, it has garnered over 50,000 views, over 4,000 “direct” shares, and comments and re-tweets numbering in the hundreds if not thousands. I must admit, while I am certainly passionate about this subject, I had NO idea that my passion was shared by so many. I am of course thrilled to bits that people are talking, because the more we dialogue about this subject, the more likely we are to create workplaces that are positive and productive for all generations.
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My latest column in The Globe & Mail’s Leadership Lab series is in cyberspace this morning:
Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1994) make up more than 30% of both the Canadian and American workforce, and this proportion continues to increase daily as more twenty-somethings enter the world of paid employment. Like every generation before them, these young people see the world through a different value filter, and just as their behaviours make more seasoned employees shake their heads in disbelief and dismay, Millennials scratch their heads in bemusement when they observe what they perceive as bone-headed moves by the veterans in their organizations. And that’s the subject of today’s column!
Take a moment to quickly read through the article; no matter what generation you belong to, I think you’ll find the material relevant, and definitely thought-provoking. And please … use the social media links on the Globe’s site to share with your staff and colleagues, I bet you’ll get some wildly different opinions; at minimum, the odds are good that you’ll get the conversation going! And feel free to add your thoughts to the Globe’s website; the dialogue there is much broader (lots more readers) so the discussion should get interesting!