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Generation Why … Don’t They Get It? Manage Age-Related Workplace Differences

aNever before have American workplaces seen such generational diversity – there are Baby Boomers working alongside Generation X and Millennials (aka Generation Y), and even some working past typical retirement age. This wide mix of employee age groups often results in interpersonal conflict and communication issues – from the top management-level down.

The majority of complaints that we hear regarding workplace generational conflict relates to issues managers encounter when working with Millennials (Generation Y) – employees born between 1982-2000.

After a recent workshop at a pharma company on bridging the generational gap, John, a Human Resources Manager, approached our trainer. He told her that he has no issues hiring Millennials, including recent college graduates.

John said his biggest frustration was that he didn’t understand how to encourage Generation Yers to communicate better with their older teammates, and didn’t know how to motivate them to lead – and succeed – at more high-profile projects.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in development, Generation Y, Generational differences, helicopter parent, Leadership, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

June 26’s National Handshake Day: It’s Career Critical to Master Yours

handshakeThis Thursday, June 26, is National Handshake Day. So, time to ensure that yours is the best it can be.

Handshakes have been around practically since the birth of civilization, and were originally a way to prove that you had no weapons in your hand when meeting someone new.

Now, many people avoid handshaking for fear of catching and spreading germs. In the world of business, however, it’s usually impossible to avoid handshaking.

The handshake is still based on trust, and showing people that you trust and want to connect and build a relationship with them.

Research backs that up … A 2012 MIT study “The Power of a Handshake: Neural Correlates of Evaluative Judgments in Observed Social Interactions” concludes that “strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting.”

If you’re looking for a job, having an impressive handshake also can win over your interviewer.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in career, communicating, communication skills, development, Etiquette, Generation Y, handshake, job interview, professional development, success, work, workplace, workplace etiquette, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Career Advice for New College Graduates — What Employers Really Want

new-college-grads-face-tough-job-market-11090601If it’s nearly May, college graduation is right around the corner.

Let me be the first to congratulate you, new graduates-to-be!

You’ve worked hard, done your best, learned an enormous amount, and are eager to get out there and make it in the business world. We welcome you in advance — your skills, your individual gifts, your enthusiasm, your tech-savviness, your open-mindedness, and your valuable contributions to your chosen fields.

Yes, the job market is still tight. There are some scary statistics floating around. According to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, greater numbers of newly minted college graduates are more likely to work in jobs that don’t require a degree, pay little, and are part-time than ever before in the past.

Yes, there is also still a lot of competition for plum positions, and probably always will be.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in attitude, business professionalism, career, communicating, communication, communication skills, development, Etiquette, Generation Y, happiness at work, manager, Presentation Skills, professional development, success, work, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Are College Grads Learning the Soft Skills Needed to Succeed?

collegeEarning a college degree is getting more and more expensive. There’s now troubling research that indicates the ROI on these degrees isn’t what these graduates expected.

College graduates have an increasingly hard time finding jobs for the skills they have learned, and many are not prepared with basic skills that can help their future success — the so-called “soft” ones like communication skills.

Bottom line: There’s a growing gap in the workforce, with many employers finding that they cannot find qualified new hires to fill empty slots. This sounds like an economic disaster happening in slow motion. What exactly is going on?

According to the recent SSIR report “Educating a New Generation of Entrepreneurial Leaders,” most of our institutions of higher education are simply not preparing students for the most important things they’ll need to negotiate a successful career in the business world.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business professionalism, career, career wellness, communicating, communication, communication skills, Generation Y, job interview, professional development, self-marketing, work, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Electronic Etiquette … Voice-Mail, E-mail, Texts & More: It’s All About Communication

electronicimage“Electronic etiquette faux pas” — the very phrase makes me smile.

Who would have thought, even 20 years ago, that such a thing would need to be addressed?

So, it was with great interest that I read this Forbes.com article: “Top 10 Electronic Etiquette Faux Pas.”

I’ve focused on etiquette a lot in this blog, and with good reason.

The way we communicate is changing rapidly and continuously — and we all need to change with the times.

Without endlessly reading modern etiquette books, how do we do it? How do we know whether to use
e-mail vs. a voice-mail message, or when a quick text will do? How do we know when to answer our cell phone or when to let it take a message?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business etiquette, business faux pas, business professionalism, cell phone etiquette, communicating, communication, communication skills, development, email, Etiquette, Generation Y, workplace, workplace etiquette, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.