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Building loyalty among your Millennial employees

Millennial employeesLast fall, as part of my regular column series for The Globe and Mail, I wrote a piece titled Is workplace loyalty dead in the age of the millennial?  This is a topic that is close to the hearts of many, so I was not surprised when it got a lot of reaction, both positive and negative.  About the same, time, the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) asked me if I would pen a similar article for their members, one that directly addressed the acute staffing shortages and challenges they face in their industry.  The average age of those in the construction industry in British Columbia (well actually almost everywhere else in Canada too) is rising, and the industry is struggling with how to attract young workers into their companies.  The article I wrote was recently published in Build Magazine, the association’s annual flagship publication.

Building loyalty among your Millennial employees: Why you need to change – not them

Take a few moments to peruse other articles in this excellent magazine

The above link takes you directly to a copy of the article.  But you can also access the entire magazine at VICA’s website here: https://www.vicabc.ca/resources/publications/.  My column is on page 38, but there are many other articles you may find of interest.

Well, as always, I would love to hear what you think?  As I’ve said before, most people have an opinion on this subject of Millennial employees, either positive or negative (not a lot of fence-sitters on this topic), and I’d love to hear yours.  Please share your perspectives below.

Is workplace loyalty dead in the age of the millennial?

As workplace demographics shift, with the boomer and the generation-Xer increasingly leaving the work force and the millennial entering, the common belief is that employees are no longer loyal to their employers. Young people are regularly maligned for being self-absorbed and entitled; not willing to “pay their dues”; and impatient to get the promotions and compensation they feel they deserve. As a result, the unfortunate, widely held sentiment is they cannot be counted on to stick around for the long haul, nor ever be loyal to a company.  But this point of view is flawed.  And my latest column in The Globe & Mail‘s weekend Management series focuses on why.

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The reality is that workplace loyalty is not dead.  However, “loyalty” has a different meaning than it might have had 20 or even 10 years ago.  You can read Is workplace loyalty dead in the age of the millennial? here.  In this column, I offer three proven ideas to successfully attract and keep employees in this new age of loyalty.

As always, I’d love to hear your point of view.  What has been your experience?  And please, pass the link on to others in your departments and organizations who may find it of interest.  When we all dialogue about this subject, we are on our way to finding sustainable and effective solutions.  Please comment directly at The Globe’s site, or post your response right here on the blog.

Sometimes, The Globe puts my columns behind their paywall. If that happens and you are unable to access the article directly through the link above, you can read a pdf version at this link.

Motivating employees of different ages

FoodService_Spring2015What does it take to inspire and motivate employees of different ages? Over the years, I have blogged several times about different generations in the workplace (see Intergenerational conflict arising from dated policies and procedures? and Five things every leader should know about the multi-generational workplace), and it still continues to be a topic of huge interest to clients in just about every industry. The food services industry is no exception. Recently, Food Service & Nutrition magazine (published by the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management) invited me to pen an article for them for their Spring 2015 issue on this very subject, and you can read it here: Continue reading

Millennials, November 6 is Bring In Your Parents Day!

As readers of this blog know, I have a keen interest in the Millennial generation and their impact on the workplace, and I frequently seek to get dialogues going on this topic (one such column: Four things millennials hate about you).  Recently, my fellow columnist at The Globe & Mail, Brian Church (who is also Canada’s manager for LinkedIn) posted a column about how parents can be a great source of career advice to their Millennial kids entering the workforce.  I couldn’t agree more!  In fact, a study done by LinkedIn found that Canadian parents believe the top five skills they can impart to their children are: problem solving, perseverance, integrity, time management and teamwork.  And what workplace couldn’t benefit from employees who have these characteristics?!  Brian also noted that their research found that many parents are not sharing their knowledge of these skills with their kids because they either don’t think their kids will listen or don’t have a strong enough understanding of what their child does at work.

Nov_6-LinkedIn-Bring-In-Your-Parents-DayIt was the second reason – parents feel that they don’t have a strong enough understanding of what their child does at work – that caught my attention.  It make sense – given how rapidly technology is changing, and all the new types of jobs created over the past few years, it’s understandable that a lot of parents may not understand what their kids actually do at work each day.  And my research has shown that Millennials love having their parents know about their work lives, to the extent that many of them appreciate and are motivated by their bosses letting their parents know how well they are doing on the job!  (Yes, I know, that may sound crazy to some of you, particularly if you are a Boomer, but it is what it is!)  What excited me though is what is happening on November 6.  Continue reading

Engage your Millennials by actively supporting volunteerism

Millennial01In my book Generations Exposed: Unexpected Insights Into the People You Work With, I’ve highlighted how civic duty, the environment, and making a tangible difference (beyond monetary profit) in the world is important to Millennials.  So it’s not surprising that charitable, social and environmental organizations are quite interested in learning more about what it takes to attract and involve this generation in their causes.  Enter The Millennial Impact Project.  This ongoing study, primarily through annual surveys, seeks to determine and track the best approaches for cause organizations to attract and engage Millennials.  Their 2014 report, released just last month, offers interesting insights into what draws and keeps Millennial engaged, both in and outside the workplace.  If you’re the leader of a team that has Millennial members, here are some items worthy of note: Continue reading

Millennials in the workplace – CKNW 980 NewsTalk Vancouver interview

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to my latest column in The Globe & MailWant respect, millennials? Here’s how to earn it is the third in a series, and like the first two, it has gone viral, stimulating both positive and negative feedback, but definitely instigating conversations!  Some of those dialogues have included me, but far more important are the thousands of discussions that have started around coffee stations and water coolers, as people have commenced and continued to work on improving communication between different generations in the workplace.

CKNW980NewsTalkLast week, Bill Good, very popular morning host on CKNW NewsTalk Vancouver, invited me to join him on his show to talk about – you guessed it – generational differences in the workplace.  The conversation, not surprisingly, centered on the negative stereotypes that are often assigned to the millennial generation, and how to get past them.  Here is a link to the actual interview.  Continue reading

Want respect, millennials? Here’s how to earn it.

My newest column in The Globe & Mail‘s Leadership Lab series just published this morning.

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“Want respect, millennials?  Here’s how to earn it”

offers six specific pieces of advice to millennials on how to earn greater respect amongst their boomer and Gen-Xer peers and managers.

My last two columns on the subject of millennials (Four things millennials hate about you in March and Don’t gripe about millennials at work, appreciate their talents instead in April) created quite the commotion, so if history is a predictor of the future, I suspect this one will cause some conversation as well.  As always, the column will take you no more than a few minutes to read, and I know that it will be relevant, but perhaps more importantly, I hope it will be thought-provoking.

I hope it goes without saying – I’d love your thoughts!  Please … pass the link along to your staff and colleagues.  I suspect that they’ll each have an opinion as well!  And if you’ve got a millennial or two in your work or personal life, I’d love to hear from them too.  Please comment below, or add your perspectives to the Globe’s website.  You can also tweet me at @mergespeaks.

Here is a direct link to the article in case you need to cut and paste it elsewhere: http://tgam.ca/ECyp

In defense of Millennials …

My latest column in The Globe & Mail‘s Leadership Lab series is live on the worldwide web this morning!

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As most of you know, my last column caused quite the commotion!! In just the first two days, Four things millennials hate about you had over 50,000 hits and over 6,000 direct shares, and since then readership has continued to climb.   So … given the intense interest this subject generated last time, I decided to take another look at the same topic but from a slightly different viewpoint.

Stop griping and start appreciating millennials

is all about why we should focus on the strengths that this young generation brings to the workplace, rather than on their weaknesses. And quite frankly, all the things that irritate us most about the millennial generation were enabled by the rest of us, baby boomers and Generation-Xers, in the workplace. In other words, we created the monster that now frustrates so many of us!

So please, take a quick read through today’s column. It will take you only a few minutes, and I know that it will offer you a perspective you might never have previously considered. It will be relevant, and definitely thought-provoking! And please … pass the link along to your staff and colleagues. I’m willing to bet that they’ll each have an opinion! At minimum, it will get the conversation going. Feel free to add your thoughts to the Globe’s website (since they have a lot more readers, the dialogue is broader), or come on back to the blog to comment.  If you wish, you can also send me a tweet at @mergespeaks.

I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Here is a direct link to the article in case you need to cut and paste it elsewhere: http://tgam.ca/EBsH

Millennials in the workplace – more radio interviews

radioMy latest column in The Globe & Mail‘s Leadership Lab series, “Four things millennials hate about you“, continues to get a lot of interest.  Total views have exceeded 60,000 and direct “shares” have climbed above 6,000.  And the topic has become one that has captured the attention of several radio stations.  In addition to the interview I did with Gary Doyle, popular talk show host at 570 News Radio in Kitchener/Waterloo, I’ve now also been John Moore’s guest on Moore in the Morning on 1010 Newstalk Toronto, and on Talk to the Hand with Ed Hand on 1310 News Ottawa.  Two more interviews that have been taped but not aired yet are with Chris dela Torre on CBC Radio’s Alberta Morning and with Paul Ladd at WBC in Nashville TN.  The link below will take you to the archive page for these interviews, and we’ll add more as they air.

Radio interviews about “Four things millennials hate about you”

I must say that I am thrilled about the interest this topic has generated.  It means that people are talking to one another; and more dialogue means that there is a desire to better understand the differences between generations, which is a good thing!!

Please … share your experiences about leading and working in multi-generational workplaces.  We have so much that we can learn from each other.

Millennials in the workplace – 570 News radio interview

On Monday, I posted a link to my latest column in The Globe & Mail‘s Leadership Lab series. Provocatively titled “Four things millennials hate about you“, it addressed the fact that just as Boomers and Gen Xers shake their heads at the attitudes and actions of Millennials, so do Millennials question and ponder about some of the things company veterans say and do. Well to say that it got a reaction would be a gross understatement. When all was said and done, the article garnered over 50,000 views with over 4,000 direct “shares” in social media. Many of the comments were positive, as the points I made resonated with readers across the country, but there were negative comments as well, most annoyed because they felt that the article perpetuated stereotypes.

570NewsThe viral storm caught the eye of Gary Doyle, popular talk show host at 570 News Radio in Kitchener/Waterloo and he invited me to be his guest on his show yesterday morning. Here is a link to an archived version of my conversation with him. It’s just over 13 minutes long so you probably want to get another cup of coffee first; but if you are leading (or work in) a multi-generational workplace, then I think you’ll get value from listening in. Continue reading