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Recruiting Gen Z – Meet the Millennials’ Younger Siblings!

The Millennials’ younger siblings are coming! The first “Gen Z” graduates and interns are appearing this year and, though they are a smaller cohort than their older Millennial counterparts, they will have an important impact on recruitment and retention in the workplace. Their internal culture is different. Each year, Beloit College publishes a “Mindset List” of what its entering freshmen assume “has always been that way.” This year’s list, for the graduating class of 2020, gives us insight into the Gen Z world view. Continue reading

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Gender Identity in the Workplace: Diversity and Commitment

Think about the last time you filled out a standard form. Maybe it was at work, at a medical office, or an organization you support. There it is, the almost ubiquitous question: check the box for male or female. Checking that box might be so automatic you don’t think about it; however, for your transgender coworkers, friends, family or neighbors that question can be complex and frightening. Even those who are accepting and inclusive may have difficulty understanding the daily dilemmas encountered by someone whose gender identity is not easily articulated. Continue reading

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Creating Civility in an Uncivil World

We live in a country deeply divided politically and culturally.  Civility in daily life, including the workplace, seems ever harder to find. Conflict has always been a part of human culture. However, deeply held beliefs are being challenged on all sides and exacerbated by a constant bombardment of instant communication, anonymous social media, and a 24/7 news cycle. Continue reading

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Put Me In, Coach! Guiding Your Employees To New Heights

It’s the season to talk about coaching success, from the Super Bowl to the NCAA Basketball Tournament to the opening of the baseball season. In any successful endeavor from the playing field to the Board Room, it is the coach who guides the talented players on the team to winning seasons—and winning careers. Continue reading

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It’s Your Workday – Make it Count!

It’s 8:00 a.m.  Another day is starting.  Are you refreshed and ready to leap into a day full of accomplishments?  Or is your desk filled with leftover tasks, unanswered memos and unread professional journals? Continue reading

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Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials—Oh My!

Look around your office or workplace. Who are your coworkers? Can you guess their generation, and does that matter in a work environment? People have throughout history defined themselves by their generation or their historical or cultural cohort, leading to both cohesion and challenge. Individuals, of course, are infinitely variable in belief and achievement but it is possible to use generational characteristics to motivate and build the best teams for your organization. Continue reading

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Do You Ever Kick Yourself (Metaphorically) With What You Should Have Said After a Meeting?

“Eighteenth-century French philosopher and writer Denis Diderot was at a dinner party, engaged in debate over a topic that he knew well. But perhaps he wasn’t himself on that evening — a bit self-conscious, distracted, worried about looking foolish. When challenged on some point, Diderot found himself at a loss for words, incapable of cobbling together a clever response. Soon after, Continue reading

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What Do the New Overtime Rules to the FLSA Mean for You?

On May 18th, the DOL finally released the long-awaited details of the new overtime rules to the FLSA. This final rule will automatically extend overtime eligibility to 4.2 million workers.

Here are the key provisions of their final rule. It: Continue reading

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Work/Life Balance: Practice Won’t Make Perfect – But Keep Trying!

At the end of life, few people regret spending too much time with family and friends. On the other hand, workaholics lament missed opportunities to enjoy time with loved ones. Bill Gates recently revealed his own difficulties in making time for life outside of work during an interview with the BBC, reported in the Leadership section of Forbes. Gates admitted to his own early, self-professed ‘fanaticism’ about work, noting that he never took vacations, often worked throughout nights, and stayed at the office on most weekends. After meeting his wife, Gates slowed down considerably; yet by that time, his company had tripled in growth and was already generating unprecedented revenues and record productivity. Continue reading

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Millennials: Exaggerated Mythology

What do millennials really want from work? How do we engage them?

We have all heard the stereotypes of millennials: the horror stories from the workplace, the self-entitled attitudes that breed laziness and poor work ethic. A survey by found that more than 85% of hiring managers and human-resource executives feel that millennials have a stronger sense of entitlement than older workers. Continue reading

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