Bridging the Generational Gap in the Workplace
Industry: All Industries
Keywords: Adaptive Leadership, Engagement & Efficiency, Generational Values
There is an increase in disengagement and less retention across the younger generations in the workforce. As business approaches evolve, so do the types of leaders within organizations. Within the past few years, a new generation has entered the workforce, with entirely different value systems and behavior patterns. In order to increase the engagement and efficiency of our organizations, we need to understand and adapt the values of the 4 generations currently in the workforce, especially Gen Z.
To gain awareness and equip leaders with the ability to adapt, one needs to look at what occurred during the formative years of generations to see how their behavior patterns and values in the workplace are derived. With this training, we create numerous connections as to why younger generations may not be engaged and how to create better environments to foster new leaders. For example, Generation Z has been named as the “anxious” generation. They are more stressed out at their age than many other generations. When we take a deeper dive as to the root cause, this generation grew up immersed in social media and with scandals being publicized of leaders and actors. They experienced the 08 recession from a child's view point, seeing more homes argue and stress about finances. In addition, in 2020, Gen Z comprised 11.6% of the workforce, primarily working in the retail, hospitality, and elder care industries, all of which had immense shutdowns. They experienced a multitude of negativity on the internet and social media, financial hardship, and job instability all in a condensed period of time. As a result, there is a “walk on eggshells” mentality in the workplace and a greater expectation of mental health services and benefits.
There are numerous innovative strategies that can be developed to better lead, engage, and retain younger workers by studying the economic and environmental events during their formative years.
Executive Director of Client Development, EXCELLence Performance, Sarasota, FL, USA
Mitch is a high-demand speaker and coach at EXCELLence Performance, repeatedly voted as the #1 Business Consultant and Trainer in Venice, Manatee, and Sarasota by the Herald-Tribune Readers Choice Awards.
He has sought out the best coaches and professors to develop his leadership, personal development, and speaking skills to more impactfully communicate his message to professionals and the next generation of leaders. Coming from an immigrant family, his parents started with nothing and created an opportunity for him and his brother to thrive in America. He has built his career with a sense of gratitude and appreciation from the opportunities provided to him.
Mitch pulls from life experience along with what he has learned to positively impact the leaders of today and tomorrow. He graduated from the #2 Accounting School in the Country with Degrees in Accountancy and Finance. Mitch joined EXCELLence Performance as their Director of Finance and while establishing their finance department he graduated from a 2-year coaching certification program which included 150+ hours of supervised coaching and direct training from the CEO of EXCELLence Performance. In addition to his speaking and coaching career, Mitch co-founded a medical speech therapy practice with his wife in Sarasota, FL called Neuro Speech Therapy. Mitch was recognized as one of Sarasota's 35 under 35 by SRQ Magazine and the Most Valuable Professional of the Year under 40 in Manatee County.
His team won a Small Business of the Year award by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Mitch dedicates his time to speaking to small and large teams across the country to better engage their workforce and coaching their rising leaders to build upon the legacy of their organizations.