Managers are from Mars – Employees are from Venus
In a galaxy not long ago, managers did the telling and employees did the doing. It was a simple structure and easy to follow. But in today’s inter-generational workplace, many managers feel that staff are operating on a different planet. Workers today are viewed as being spoiled and do not demonstrate a real work ethic.
Nothing could be further from the truth. On one hand, the new breed of employees are skeptical because they have seen their parent’s loyalty rewarded with uncertainty, “rightsizing” and layoffs. On the other hand, they are optimistic about managing their own careers. They respect workplace protocols, corporate structure and take work seriously. At the same time they also want to have fun, crave more knowledge, seek instant gratification, are motivated by collaboration and desire a work-life balance. They bring loyalty, but for different reasons and in a different way than before.
However, our current corporate cultures are not structured to capitalize on this new breed of employee. Most leaders have been conditioned to manage people using a style that may have worked in the past, but will not work on these new “generationals”.
In his forward-thinking session, Joe Sherren will help you understand the mindset of these new employees and discover how you can shift your own mental attitude to ensure long-term success. He will show you how to develop a culture that will attract and retain the best and brightest – no matter what planet you may feel they are from.