The work force is rapidly changing. Soon we will see a massive shift from the Boomers to Gen X in top management at distributors big and small.
It's not uncommon to hear distributor executives talk about how to attract the next generation of management-worthy workers into their companies. BusinessWeek, as part of a bigger package on the workplace, put down a few pieces of advice on how to better communicate and meet the needs of Generations X (born 1965-1980) and Y (1981-1994). The piece provides some good food for thought as the generational shift continues.
Here's the advice she offers:
With technology, keep it up-to-date and be open to music, instant messaging and fast computers for Generation X; with Generation Y, be open to suggestions from them so you can stay on the cutting edge. In the compensation realm, the author suggests you must be willing to negotiate pay and schedule with Gen X. Limit in-person meetings with Gen X and avoid long planning sessions. Provide access to information without burdening them with corporate politics. With Y, don't discount them because of their age -focus on the quality of their work, not seniority. Gen Y is less likely to be loyal to one company.
Read the column -which addresses technology, socializing, compensation and other issues -here.
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