I recently read an article eloquently written by Phyllis Weiss Haserot, a generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker on navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace. The article published on www.accountingweb.com caught my attention, led me to Ryan Healy’s blog, Employee Evolution, and both individuals will now be credited in many of my upcoming training sessions!

Below is an excerpt from Phyllis’s article – or read the full article.

We will be debating for some time whether it’s life-changing determination, a clear-eyed vision, naiveté, or the arrogance of youth: A significant number of Gen Yers are convinced they will dramatically change the world of work.

As a faithful reader and sometimes commenter on the Employee Evolution blog, I found myself following and making multiple comments on blog founder Ryan Healy’s post in May 2008 (and still receiving new comments), “10 Ways Generation Y Will Change the Workplace.” Well written with seemingly no doubt in his mind, Healy described the 10 workplace transformations to come from Gen Y / Millennials. They will:

  1. Hold only productive meetings
  2. Shorten the work day
  3. Bring back the administrative assistants (to relieve Gen Y of minutia)
  4. Redefine retirement (many short “retirements” along a career path)
  5. Find real mentors
  6. Restore respect to the HR Department
  7. Promote based on emotional intelligence
  8. Continue to value what our parents have to offer
  9. Enjoy higher starting salaries
  10. Re-invent the performance review

Bravo Phyllis and Ryan! – I agree on all parts and am excited to see what the future holds. For those reading my blog, I would love to hear your comments, so please comment!

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