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Is Your Organization "Millennial-Friendly?" 


Reinvent Your Workplace


“We criticize Millennials for receiving participation trophies, but we are the ones who gave them those trophies!"

 

Millennial Dilemma

A few years ago, I was painstakingly working on a video to post on my website to advertise my bestselling book. After most of an afternoon wasted on playing with different program editing software and selecting the proper background, I decided to take a break. My daughter had been home from class for about an hour. I stopped by her room to see if she wanted to go out with me that evening.  “I’m busy making videos for YouTube,” she responded. “Can I have another ten minutes?”

 

“Ten minutes?! What are you doing?” I exclaimed. “Watch!” she said.  To my amazement, she had been videoing herself drawing an art piece, sped it up and put music behind the movie.  She had only been working on this for about an hour!

 

As a member of the Millennial generation (those born between 1985 and 1995), she was just doing what comes natural.  She is quite accomplished at technology.  Our sons are similar; they are experts on gaming consoles, video equipment and can do in minutes what I cannot accomplish in hours.  All four of our children range between the ages of 21 and 27.  While different personalities, they have many characteristics and work styles common to their generation.

 

Unfortunately, Millennials catch a lot of negative attitudes for characteristics that differ from their predecessor generations. I saw a generational presentation last month that depicted them as “lazy, unproductive and self-obsessed.” My parents’ generation characterized my group (the Baby Boomers) the same way.  What they didn’t realize was that we would be in charge one day with our own unique preferences and styles.

 

Millennials will be running YOUR business one day, if not already!

 

 

You can either judge the younger generation in your employment, or adapt to them to make the workplace more appealing to their specific needs and reward systems.  They can benefit your business in ways no other group can.


What are you doing to make your workplace
 Millennial-friendly and productive?

 

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These are ordinary people who used circumstances, skills or inspiration to change their lives and the world around them. Perhaps they will inspire your reinvention. Enjoy!


Homelessness, Divorce and Suicide
 

His dream was to come to America and make money doing what he naturally did best. The transition was not an easy one, though. After trying to get with several people who smuggled Mexicans into the US, he found someone who helped him. He crossed the border into the United States without a visa when he was 21 years old and spoke no English. He slept under expressway bridges every night.

 

His first job was at a pet grooming store in California.  To help with a start-up business, he drove a limousine to make money to support the academy. One of his first clients was actress Jada Pinkett Smith.  She believed in his dream and helped him take English lessons from a tutor for a year. 

 

His big career break came one day when a Los Angeles Times reporter saw him walking many dogs at one time and wrote an article about his talents.

 

Who said, “Change takes effort. And the reality is, most people don't want to put in effort to better their life.”?

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When They Say This, They Mean That!

"WORDS DON'T HAVE MEANING; THEY HAVE USAGE." 

A professor once told our class that words don't have meaning... they have usage.  If someone asked you for a 'Plug," what are they requesting?  There are about nine different usages in the English language (including slang) for the word "plug."

A plug can be an electrical chord or outlet. A plug can be an encouraging  remark on their behalf. A plug can be a pinch of tobacco. A plug can be an old horse, etc.

I've discovered that many people use words without thought to the usage and claim a common meaning.  

For this discussion we need to understand the difference between ignorance and stupidity.  Ignorance and being ignorant, refers to someone not having prior knowledge or education on a subject. Stupidity is knowing the truth, but acting contrary to the knowledge.

For example: 
1. When they say, "That's a good question!"...it actually means...


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"The Millennial Generation - the biggest American generation in history - is reversing the migration into rural areas and moving back to city centers."   
-Logan Green

"The millennial generation and a growing number of employees are looking for more than just a pay check.  If a non-profit could make that easy for me, they are doing me a favor. It's not just a one-way value exchange; it is an internal morale building opportunity." 
-Graham Chertavian
 
"There is a possibility of fresh talent coming to work for the government. Millennials are the most public-spirited generations since the 1960s. There is an opportunity to harness that generation and make government service cool again."
-Tim O'Reilly
 
"Millennials' tech and global savvy will make them instrumental in shaping our mobile future worldwide."
-Brad D. Smith
 
"I'm very encouraged by millennials and their drive to make the world a better place."
-John Mackey
 
 

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