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Bridging the Gap with Millennials and Gen Z

Bridging the Gap with Millennials and Gen Z

Author: Moe Harrison /Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Millennials and now Gen Z are the face of young professional talent and the future of business in more ways than one. As the older generation begins entering retirement, positions are opening for younger generations to hold more responsibility and bring new ideas to the table across almost every industry. However, it’s no secret that the younger generation is perceived differently - Growing up in the age of technology and progressing with its advances, they have shifted their focus much more toward innovation than tradition. Due to this, along with millennials and Gen Z’s come many preconceived ideas about this group as a whole. In order to get past these perceptions about their unconventional contributions to the workplace, it is important for managers to understand these young professionals to properly lead them. Here are things senior, and typically more tenured, managers can consider when connecting with these younger generations, ultimately leading both groups to achieve better results.

Understand and Connect
Podcasts are all the rage right now, reaching people of all ages with various interests. For young professionals, there are many business podcasts out there to help guide them through the first few years in their career - Things not to do, areas to grow in and ways to successfully reach their goals. On the flip side, there are also podcasts geared towards the managers of these younger generations - Tips and tricks on how to understand this generation, what motivates them, and how to show appreciation for their attributes and contributions.

The Tim Ferriss Show, one of the top rated podcast, is a great example. Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, and he uses his show to dive into different topics, helping entry level to senior level professionals juggle work, life and all that comes with it. “Tribe of Mentors” is a book written by Ferriss highlighting advice from some of the world’s foremost business gurus. These episodes in particular provide easy access on how to be a mentor to the millennial and Gen Z generations - A way for managers to open their minds to new thinking and how to implement those findings with their team. Tim’s self-professed underlying objective is to deconstruct the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, athletes and entertainers and to share their struggles, motivations, credos and insights in to what they learned and valued along the way to their success.

The Tony Robbins podcast is another revolutionary show for both new and seasoned workers alike. As most people already know, Tony Robbins is an author and entrepreneur, but he’s most known for his life coach teachings - He travels globally giving seminars to thousands of people, motivating professionals in all walks of life. Thanks to his success on the road, Robbins has also started a podcast to help reach people daily through technology. While this podcast can help individuals of all generations, Tony Robbins has become particularly popular with millennials, offering them guidance in various areas of life. Because of his fame with the younger generation, managers can gain insight through his podcasts to relate with young professionals on a different level. Engaging in the way they are learning and understanding the perspective of the advice they’re being given can create common ground with your younger team members and might even help managers gain credibility.

Recognize Their Talent
Staying inside the lines is not something millennials were taught to do thus this generation of talent is very progressive. Instead of dismissing these skills, recognize how they can benefit your team and business. Provide constructive criticism where needed and push them to reach their full potential - This is a group of tech-savvy, educated and creative thinkers - Managers should use this to their advantage as a way to keep their company ahead of the curve. Even the most traditional organizations need to be aligned with the trends, and innovative workers with fresh ideas are the way to do that.

We hope these tips and suggestions on resources will help those seasoned managers better connect with the younger generations in the marketplace. Both are vital to the success of a team and business and both offer their own strengths.


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Moe Harrison
Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.


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