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Women Veterans Speak Out: Each one, reach one: Helping homeless veterans

Posted by Joan Grey on April 16, 2012

Read the latest article in BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces feature that brings us the voices of women veterans telling their stories.

I’ve been part of a spirituality group since I moved to Virginia two years ago.  At one session, I proclaimed to the group that I was interested in social change but not inclined to open my house to a homeless person. Within the year, I had a chance to eat those words.

One of the group members sent an email asking if anyone had space for a woman who was living in her car.  We had a spare room, which is how I met Lynn.  She was a former military spouse who worked as a contractor but lost her source of income when her contract was cancelled.  So Lynn and then her cat (who was evicted from a foster home) came to live with us for four months. During the time she was with us, I introduced Lynn to a college friend, Mary, who provided an insider referral to Mary’s company. Lynn was hired and works for the company to this day.

No matter what your age, educational credentials, or even security clearance (important for employment in DC), many people don’t have the financial cushion to deal with emergencies or loss of income. When you aren’t sure where you’re going to spend the night, it’s hard to focus on much else. Veterans seem to be facing homelessness at a higher rate than the US population at large and women veterans are experiencing an even harder time finding secure housing.

There is no single reason why homelessness is more of an issue for veterans. It may be that they have no family safety net. Many young adults end up living with their parents after they college or if they find themselves between jobs.  According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, homelessness results when individuals cannot resolve life’s basic issues without assistance. Generally, these problems fall into three categories: health issues, economic hardships, and lack of affordable housing.

While BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ is focused on helping with career transitions and advancement for women veterans and military spouses, our mentors are aware that you can’t concentrate on revising your resume when you are sleeping in your car.  In developing Mentoring Plus, we are linking with organizations that help house and outfit women veterans.  Since launching the program in January, we have been affililiating with resource and community partners who can help veterans. Some DC-based Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ partners include Final Salute and Women Veterans Interactive (WVI).  As WVI CEO, Ginger Miller, said, “Our goal is to serve the whole women veteran by meeting her at her point of need.”

The core competency of BPW Foundation is Working•Women•Helping•Women•Work, not homelessness, but we have connections with partners who have special expertise in a variety of areas including housing. Some resources for homeless vets in the DC metro area include: Doorways for Women and Families: http://www.doorwaysva.org/, New Hope Housing: http://www.newhopehousing.org/?page_id=163, and Northern Virginia Family Service: http://www.nvfs.org/ .

While the government provides a safety net for when things go wrong, each of us has the ability to be of service. We are not asking you to open your house, but to reach out a hand. How can you help? Give back to those who have given much. Consider sharing your expertise by becoming a mentor to a woman veteran or military spouse.  BPW’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ program provides training and tools to help you be a successful mentor.  Check out the Mentoring Plus website and sign up. http://www.joiningforcesmentoringplus.org/ Also, connect with us on social media: BPW Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ LinkedIn. Join us on Facebook. Follow BPW on Twitter.

We can’t do everything, but we can do something. What will you do today?

Posted in Families, Financial Security, Homelessness, Joining Forces, mature workers, Uncategorized, Women Veterans | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

To Retire or Not to Retire — Money Is The Question

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 23, 2010

We read daily about people delaying retirement and working longer not because they want to remain engaged in meaningful activities but because they financially must.  The recession has hit retirement funds hard and fewer and fewer Americans have defined retirement accounts.  I have several friends who are working longer not by choice but because they need too.  I also have friends who are at the older end of the boomer generation who are looking for work again because they need the money. And this is not a good time to be looking for work for anyone especially an older worker.    

Even if we had not faced the current recession, people are working longer because we are living longer and so we all need the extra income for those extra years we anticipate living.  According to the EBRI Retirement Readiness Rating many older Baby Boomers will run out of money in retirement, so working is truly a necessity. 

Among working adults ages 50-61, 60 percent say they might have to postpone retirement because of the recession, according to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center.  And 35 percent of those 62 and older say they have already delayed their retirement.  If possible staying in the job you have is a much better option than trying to find new work in a job market with few new jobs being created. 

For those seniors who have lost their job, finding a new one can be a daunting process. My friends have heard it all: they are too qualified, they don’t have the new needed skills, someone will work for less, or just not hiring now. 

While many employers value the knowledge and expertise of older workers, they often don’t want to pay for that value or because of the uncertainty of the current economic situation companies are delaying hiring at all.  The unemployment rate for workers 55 and older has jumped from 3% in the second quarter of 2008 to 7% in the second quarter this year. That adds up to about 2.1 million unemployed older Americans.

On the other hand according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008, 3.4 million men and 2.8 million women age 65 and over — 16.8 percent of them — were still in the U.S. labor force.  This year, the estimated number has risen to 20 percent. That’s up from 15.8 percent in 1985.

With Boomers and older needing to stay in the job force for the foreseeable future, competition for jobs and the long searches necessary for older workers to land a job will remain a reality for sometime to come.

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 20, 2010

A break through for GOP: more women running [Time]

 19th Amendment: how far have women come since 1920? [Christian Science Monitor]

As workers choose to stay on the job longer who benefits, who pays? [Denver Post]

 Caregivers fight employers on discrimination [HBR]

Norfolk Navy base gets first female commander [Hampton Roads]

Most highly paid women athletes [Forbes]

Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network President: women and climate change [Your Daily Journal]

Without the vote of women, these laws might not exist [LubbockOnline]

US Chamber says women to blame for pay gap.  We need to choose right job and right partner [Think Progress]

New white collar job juggle [Wall Street Journal]

Examining work schedules, gender and marital quality [ScienceBlog]

Watching the gender wage gap [HBR]

What women want is important [Cascade Business News]

The female factor: Counting the cost of machismo [New York Times]

Yes you can get fired after taking maternity leave [Slate.Com]

Newsweek ranking the countries of the world [Newsweek]

Working mothers, forget time off [Salon]

Federal job funding opens doors for single mothers [Womens E-News]

Editorial: Maternity leave ruling shows how little childrearing matters to society [Boston Globe]

For every woman challenger running for a seat in the WI Legislature, six men are running [jsonline]

Why shouldn’t women shape the political agenda?  Interview with new executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, at Chatham University [Post Gazette]

 Social media a new tool for work life balance? [AFL-CIO Blog]

Harris Poll: Most Americans agree that US has long way to go to achieve gender equality [KXVO]

Unmarried women hurt more by recession – make up 63 percent of unemployed women [Infozine]

Working women redefine success [MSNBC]

Why girly jobs don’t pay well [New York Times]

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on July 16, 2010

Are we dealing with Gen Y in the best way? [TalkingAboutGenerations]

Is LeBron true to his generation? [Bradenton.com]

Boxing for women in the Olympics? [Wall Street Journal Online]

TVs best loved career women [Forbes.com]

Congress largely exempts self from Vet employment provisions [Politico]

Requiting military elite to lead in business [Amercian Chronicle]

Retires will be outliving their retirement [Washington Post]

Higher Education and the pay gap [AACU]

Women stand to benefit from new PTSD change [Statesman]

Vote on Kagan delayed a week [Legal Times]  

Why can’t career women just be women – don’t distinguish men [Salon]

Poll: Workplaces support individual’s with disabilities [wfnetwork]

Workplace flexibility addresses workers caregiving needs. [HR.BLR.Com]

Some vet groups find trauma rule lacking [New York Times]

 Growing green jobs from an economists viewpoint [NY Times Blogs]

 Women owned small business will create 5+ million jobs by 2018 [SmalBizDom]

 Even female law partners suffer wage disparity.  [Newsweek]

 Kagan the post gender justice?  [NPR]

Women in non traditional role do heavy lifting in rebuilding Haiti [Cleveland.com]

Tenure track is tough for working mothers [Washington Post]

How much do women spend on shoes?  For all of you shoe lovers  [Mainstreet]

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Romantic Ideals and Fantasies

Posted by egehl on June 3, 2010

This country loves a romantic fantasy.  We hope and expect that couples will stay married forever and wonder if someone is still single later in life what’s wrong with them for never marrying. 

The separation of Al and Tipper Gore sent shock waves through the media this week.  They seemed like the perfect couple and so in love, as everyone says, so what could have gone wrong? 

Why they’ve decided to split after all this time has become a topic of national discussion, and even within their inner circle of close friends.  None of us really knows what happens behind closed doors and just because a couple seems happy to the outside world doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling with challenges and changes in their private daily lives.   In my view, to say a 40 year marriage isn’t successful just because there’s a separation is silly.  We are human and no couple is immune to feeling the evolution and changes that comes with life and aging.  

In the end, it seems that two people very amicably grew apart.  And I think in many ways that touches upon the fears of many people who look toward unions like the Gores as ones to strive for and regard as invincible.  However separate lives and separate interests, which seems to be the case in this situation, can over time eventually distinguish an important energy between a couple.  

On the flip side of this romantic notion of marriage is the expectation that everyone should enter into this sacred union, especially by the time they reach a certain age.

Predictably single older women will quickly go from being regarded as single to unmarried once they surpass 40.  When President Obama announced Elena Kagan was his next Supreme Court nomination attention quickly turned to her personal life.  She’s single so speculation soared whether she is gay, and if not, why doesn’t she have a husband? 

The White House has been very eager to clarify her unmarried status and squash any guessing that Kagan was gay so instead they went for the sad, unfortunate unmarried explanation to insinuate she fit the spinster category. 

It’s a funny and ironic example that no matter how professionally successful a woman might be, and in this case possibly becoming only the third women ever to serve on the Supreme Court, above all else she will be judged and regarded based on whether there’s a ring on her finger. 

Kagan has told a friend in the West Wing that she is not gay, just lonely. And frankly I can’t say I am surprised that an extremely bright and accomplished woman has had a hard time finding a mate.  Whether she’s gay or not, it takes a lot of time and energy to get to the level Kagan has achieved and something has to go to the back seat.  And if she is gay, since roughly one in nine Americans are then it makes sense that one of the nine Supreme Court justices should be as well. 

As Maureen Dowd so aptly puts it, “Why is there this underlying assumption that Kagan has missed the boat? Why couldn’t she be eager to come to Washington to check out the Obama-era geek-chic bachelors, maybe get set up on a date by Michelle Obama, maybe host some single ladies fiestas with Sonia Sotomayor, maybe even sign up for JDate with a new and improved job status?” 

I continually think society’s take on singlehood, marriage, separation, homosexuality, infidelity and everything in between is interesting yet not surprising.  We want so badly to have this puritanical view of the whole thing and act “shocked” when human mistakes or “abnormal” decisions and outcomes are still constantly revealed. 

Everyone cannot be placed into this cookie cutter model of what’s expected in one’s personal life without room and acceptance for change or difference.   While I think it’s worthy and admirable to hope for the best and ideal in all situations, human nature will continue to challenge it.

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on April 16, 2010

Why there are hardly any women founders and Venture Capital leaders [ReadWriteStart]

Health care reform gives women a boost. [Modern Medicine]

Millennials and personal finance. [Washington Post]

 Australian Gen Y study says they bring hope. [The Epoch Times]

Women in business still face sexism. Are you surprised? [Huffington Post]

 Men and women – differing views of happiness.  This is an British study.  [PsyOrg.com]

Equal Pay Day is coming.  Here are your facts and arguments.  [Main Line Times]

New best chefs announced.  Why only one woman?  [Eater.com

What happens when you put a woman in charge: success [Optometric.com]

Domestic workers want bill of rights. People we often don’t “see” but should not forget. [Feministe]

Five tips to retain Gen Y talent.  [Fox Business]   

Opinion: Matriarchy could solve many world problems. [OU Daily]

This is good news. Maternal deaths drop worldwide [New York Times]

Op-ed: Why a clean economy means security. [Croscut.com]

Business schools need to better engage women [Forbes]

Is a woman’s MBA worth less? Sounds like it.  [Harvard Business Review]

Women have to work harder to be equal.  Even truckers know the truth.  [The Trucker]

 Women need to negotiate to make more money. No one is going to take care of us. We need to take care of ourselves.   [About.com]

Commentary on need for paid days off. [Womensnews.org]

Health care reform means mew rules for breast pumps at work. [NYTimesBlog]

Women in Federal workforce still experiencing discrimination [Govexec.com]

Debunking the Millennials work ethic issue. [Havard Business Review]

Women reflect on role at Supreme Court [Legal Times]

Obama’s judge picks more diverse than Bush’s [Legal Times]

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“Those” Types of Women in the Office

Posted by 365SoulNotes on March 29, 2010

I was at a women’s symposium last week when a member of the audience asked about what was happening with women in the workplace.  She had heard from some sources that women had become back biting and gossipy.  And they did little to support the growth of other women.  She wanted clarification from the panel.

I anxiously waited to see how the panelists would reply.  The first woman who spoke said that when she was in corporate America she found there to be two kinds of women.

The first type of woman was there to be professional and get her work done.
The second type of woman came to work to talk about who she dated over the weekend and what kind of shoes the other women were wearing.

Wow…was that really what this woman believed?!  I looked at my boss and thought she was going to go through the roof!  Her eyes were huge as she looked at me and said, “Generational differences!!”

She was right. The comment that came from the panelist (a woman in her 60’s) reflected the thinking of an older generation.  I happen to know lots of Gen X & Gen Y women who come to work, build relationships around the water cooler by taking about shoes and boys, and then proceed to kick butt in the work they take on.  I don’t believe these two types of women are mutually exclusive.

I do, however, believe the kinds of opinions held by this panelist can be damaging to women and may ultimately be one of the root causes for the back-biting and lack of support women feel from each other in the workplace.

Whenever I encounter someone who doesn’t agree with the way I do things (and feels the need to let me know), I try to dig a bit deeper and see what lies beneath her frustration with my behavior.  It might be an older coworker who takes offense that I didn’t bring a pen and notepad to our meeting.  Or it could be someone younger than me who runs circles around me when it comes to social media and feels frustrated I’m not moving at the speed of light.

Whatever the case, I try not to make blanket generalizations that make the other person wrong for feeling the way they do.  But I also try not to make myself wrong either.  I find it works best when we both voice what’s going on in our heads and hash out a solution we can both live with.  That might mean bringing a pen and notepad to meetings with my boss as a sign of respect or asking for help from the new intern to teach me about the newest social media outlet (because let’s face it…she knows this stuff way better than I do)…even if my ego takes a beating for having to get advice from “the new girl.”

What about you?  Do you find generational differences of opinion in your workplace about what the “right” way to work should be?  How do you deal with coworkers of different generations?  I think we could all use a little help with this one…so if you’ve got ideas, we’d love to hear them!

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Misbehavin’ Notification: Healthcare Reform Will Improve Outcomes for Women, Families and Small Business

Posted by joyinhome on March 22, 2010

Statement of Deborah L. Frett, CEO Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

The passage of health care reform will improve outcomes forwomen, families and small businesses. This initial solution may not be perfect but it is a critical first step to achieve systemic change in U.S. health care – the status quo was literally killing us. BPW Foundation has heard from both our employee and employer supporters that health care reform is necessary to achieve successful workplaces where women and families can succeed and businesses can profit.
 
We must continue to improve health care. Reform should include affordability, equality of access and care, stability and security, shared responsibility, and support for prevention. BPW Foundation supports health care reform that recognizes the diverse needs of women, families and small businesses as they work together to create successful workplaces.
 
Health care reform is a woman’s issue. Women are 50 percent of the population, 49 percent of the U.S. workforce and we are “paying” more for health care. The high cost of health care has a disproportionate impact on women because our incomes are less (22 percent less on average due to the persistent gender wage gap) and a greater share of our income is consumed by health care. On average, women of childbearing age pay 68 percent more out-of-pocket for their health care than men. Women are also more likely to delay or avoid getting the care they need because they cannot afford it.The extension of Medicaid eligibility, elimination of gender rating, offering of insurance subsidies and the prohibition on denial of coverage due to medical history and pre-existing conditions will improve outcomes for women.
 
Health care reform is a family issue. The uncertainty in the insurance market impacts children and spouses who count on an employee’s health insurance coverage that can be lost because of job loss, job change, a move or illness putting everyone in the family at risk. Ensuring that coverage can not be lost due to illness or denied for pre-existing conditions improve the outcomes of the entire family. The sheer cost of insurance coverage can be devastating to families. Additionally, expanding access to health care will decrease the number of uninsured especially working families with children. 
 
Health care reform is a small business issue. The cost of providing health care is crippling businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses. Women-owned firms represent 30 percent of all U.S. businesses and are the fastest growing percentage of small business owners. Sixty percent of America’s uninsured are small business owners, workers and their families. Small business owners want to provide health care coverage to their employees because it helps with employee recruitment and retention, increases productivity and is the “right thing to do.” The driving force behind the erosion of health coverage for small businesses has been cost. The creation of new marketplaces to buy insurance on the state and regional level and tax credits to enable and encourage small businesses to provide employee health care coverage will improve the bottom line for everyone.
 
I applaud our elected leaders for using this historic opportunity to improve the health care system. By expanding access, sharing responsibility through coverage mandates and ensuring that coverage is intact when needed most, they have put the country on the right track to do what is best for the people. In order to develop a strong workforce and economy, systemic reform should guarantee access to quality and affordable care for women, families and small businesses.”
 
Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW Foundation) partners with women, employers and policymakers to create successful workplaces that practice and embrace diversity, equity and work-life balance. Through our groundbreaking research and our unique role as a neutral convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation leads the way in developing and advocating for polices and programs that “work” for both women and businesses. BPW Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
 

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Breast Cancer Confusion

Posted by egehl on November 20, 2009

This week I shared the concern of many others when I heard about the mammography guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  They are now advising women not to receive routine mammograms during their 40s because of too many downsides.  Many doctors and breast cancer survivors fear that this will discourage women 40-49 from getting a mammogram, and even more troubling that insurance companies could adopt these new guidelines and not cover the procedure.

Women are voicing their concerns about this announcement, especially those whose lives were saved because they got a mammogram in their 40s.  They warn all women to heed this report with caution and not jump to any conclusion thinking they can ignore their breast health until 50.  In the news this week a number of doctors voiced their outrage and concern about the ripple effect this announcement could have on women’s health. 

In their statement, the task force says that for every 1,000 women in their 40s who receive routine mammograms, two cases of cancer are detected and 98 women will have “false positives”. In other words, the mammogram will pick up something that looks like cancer, but further testing shows it’s not cancer.  They go on further to say that routine mammograms for women in their 40s aren’t worth the downsides, such as false positives and the exposure to a small amount of radiation.

While the task force recommendations aren’t government policy, and women and their doctors can still make decisions based on individual circumstances, it’s still unnerving that this encouragement is out there.  Mammograms are the most important measure to detect and prevent breast cancer, and women waiting until they are 50 to get a check up could face detrimental consequences. 

What’s more concerning is that insurance companies, which pay close attention to the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, could now start refusing to pay for mammograms for women in their 40s based on these new guidelines.  It costs $640 and up to get a mammogram without insurance, and that will discourage women even more than the task force report. 

If a woman’s insurance decides not to pay for a mammogram she should raise the issue with her doctor and fight the ruling.  The decision of a task force should not be an automatic green light to cut back on coverage, especially when each woman’s circumstance is so unique. 

I hope that women in their 40s will do what’s best for them and consult their doctor for expert advice.  Only you know your body best and how the history of your family could impact your likelihood of getting breast cancer. 

Women should not consider these guidelines as an easy pass to delay getting screened for another ten years.  Instead be mindful of your own risks and take the necessary precautions as advised by your health care professionals.

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Intergenerational Differences in the Workplace

Posted by egehl on October 6, 2009

Recently I was listening to an outspoken Gen Y’er complain about the “older generation” in her workplace and how she felt that her generation could do things better, faster, and more efficiently.  She griped that her older counterparts are too slow and that Gen Yer’s could run circles around them.  Why can’t they just go ahead and retire so we can run this organization more efficiently, she says.  As I listened, it got me thinking about generational differences and the underlying tensions that exist in every workplace.

It is becoming more apparent, as evidenced by my friend’s comments, that some of the greatest challenges that arise in the workplace today are the difficulties from a diversified workplace. The difference in age between groups of employees can be a source of conflict.  There is an inherent feeling of misunderstanding and sometimes resentment between the varied age groups, and unless it’s discussed the attitudes can fester into a greater problem.different-generations-t14932

The four groups in the workplace that researchers tend to focus on include Veterans (they grew up in the Depression and fought in WWII), Baby Boomers (they grew up in the Vietnam era and aren’t prepared for retirement), Generation X’ers (they are trying to make their mark, have tech-savvy skills and are weary of authority and putting work before family), and finally Generation Y’ers (they are the overly confident internet age group that loves to multi-task and use social media for communicating). 

We’ve all had to work with people of varying ages and truthfully at times it can pose a challenge in terms of attitude, communication style, and ease of using technology.   However every generation brings strengths and it’s important to break down some of the stereotypes and assumptions that each generation thinks about the other. 

While it’s great that Gen Yer’s are better apt at doing technology and working social media, they can also do it in a knee-jerk fashion that is not fully thought out or lacks substance.  On the flip side the older generation has an incredible vault of expertise and wisdom on issues and relationships, but can be slower to answer emails and expect a certain protocol that’s unrealistic. 

Regardless of what drawbacks and weaknesses any generation has they all come with strengths, and if blended together correctly they can be a powerful combination. 

Generational differences in the workplace seem to be growing more apparent with the rise of social media, baby boomers deciding to stay longer in the workplace, and everyone trying to compete for the same jobs in a weak market.  With a 10% unemployment rate, millions of people are looking for work so the strengths and weaknesses of every generation are coming to light as employers make decisions on who should fill a position—the experienced baby boomer with a range of knowledge and large rolodex or the energetic, idealistic, technology hip Gen Y’er.  The increased competition for jobs has forced everyone, no matter their age, to highlight their strengths and try to beat out those younger or older than them. 

There is no denying the impact social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have had on the way we communicate. Age is no longer an excuse for not understanding how these networks work and how they can benefit your business so everyone must be on board, begrudgingly or not.  And it’s not just social media sites changing how we do business and the interaction of staff.   New technological advances have entered the workplace such as instant messaging, electronic timesheets, and internet outlets with message boards.  Gen Y’ers think they have the advantage because they grew up in the internet age, but that can’t always take the place of wisdom and knowledge that only someone in the workplace for a long time can earn. 

So how can different generations work together in a more productive and respectful way?  First, to create a successful intergenerational workforce there must be open and honest dialogue among staff that recognizes and applauds the differences.  Secondly, the unique strengths of each generation must be recognized by leadership and given ways to utilize them through job descriptions and promotions, delegation of tasks, and measured goals. 

Generational conflicts should be anticipated in any workplace and surfaced when appropriate.  In certain instances, a training about age differences may benefit employees, and increase their appreciation about how each other functions and operates.  Often times the frustration employees feel with someone of another generation can be unjust because the negative is the only focus.  In my own experience, the intergenerational problems between staff can be trying to differentiate between whether it’s a personality and productive related conflict or simply a difference in background and work style. 

In our modern age, there continues to be a new versus old attitude and competition when it comes to what works—whether that’s people, technology or systems.  Instead of which age group is better how about finding ways to mold the strengths of every person and encouraging everyone, no matter their background, to create viable solutions for a more productive, efficient workplace.

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