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Burnt Bridges and Scorched Earth Policies are Passé

In today’s ever-evolving workplace, one of the most expensive endeavors for an organization in human capital and pure dollars is the acquisition of top talent. Not only is it tough to find the right candidate, but lateral integration of a new knowledge worker team member can cost an organization $300,000 or more. Aside from the money spent on researching, reviewing, recruiting, and wooing the new talent, don’t forget to factor in the social impact.

If the person doesn’t integrate well into the company within the first 30-90 days, he will be looking for a new home. It may take him a few months or years, but he will find a match he likes. Gone are the days when an employee departing your company is completely disconnected and ostracized. Odds are, he is still meeting up with his former co-workers for happy hour on a regular basis and there is no bad blood between them.

This shift marks a major difference between the Gen X workplace relationships and those of their Boomer parents. As Xers take a non-traditional path up the ladder seeking the best fit, they will make alliances along the way. Instead of seeing this as a detriment or disloyalty, think about how their Network of colleagues can benefit you and your organization.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The answers to all of our generational questions boil down to a very simple principle that is at the heart of who we are as human beings: RESPECT. Everyone wants to be respected for how he or she sees the world. While each generation is unique in its views, they all have two fundamental things… Continue Reading

Generational Communication Refresher

A large percentage of our workplace issues can boil down to a problem with communication. The key to good communication in the workplace is understanding the preferred communication styles of the different generations and using them to your advantage to communicate. While one generation may not like, understand, or believe in the effectiveness of another… Continue Reading

Information is Power. Or is it?

With the technological advances in today’s workplace, we have seen a shift in the role that information plays in our communication and relationships. Baby boomers view information very differently than the generations that follow them, and as they retire we are seeing information take on a new role. A brief synopsis of how each generation… Continue Reading

An important mantra: “It’s not personal.”

Knowing what shapes the multi-generational mix as well as the state it puts us in can catapult you forward or be your downfall if ignored or mishandled. Often, it can feel like someone from another generation is personally reacting, ignoring, or trying to irritate YOU. Or, perhaps you may think the person personally doesn’t like you or is refusing to… Continue Reading

Generational Snapshot #6: Nexters

Continuing with our look at Generational snapshots to begin 2013.. This will reveal the elements that make up that generation’s CODE, which in turn is the basis for how that generation perceives the world, its role, and that of other generations. When you get to the core of what people in a generation have in… Continue Reading