As increasing numbers of Millennials enter the workplace, they are wondering just how far the accomplishments of their childhood can take them in a workplace reeling from a prolonged economic downturn. They worry about what it means to have been told all their lives to study hard and follow their...
As increasing numbers of Millennials enter the workplace, they are wondering just how far the accomplishments of their childhood can take them in a workplace reeling from a prolonged economic downturn. They worry about what it means to have been told all their lives to study hard and follow their dreams, only to feel overwhelmed by choices, buried in historically high student loan debt, and thwarted by what they perceive as an outdated workplace structure. At the same time, they are confronting sweeping stereotypes about their generation. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers often misread their younger colleagues. They complain that Millennials act entitled and have an excessive need for praise. They also may fail to see where disinterested leadership styles, inflexible work practices, and ineffective management can play into Millennials' reputation at work. This important new book separates the Millennials' behavioral myths from reality. In it, you will discover nuanced insights, detailed research, and practical advice necessary to help the generations understand each other better and recognize the impact of their own behaviors on the workplace. You will also learn specific strategies that will lead to a more effective work environment and stronger intergenerational teams. This ground-breaking resource:
- Analyzes and builds upon extensive research, including the author's own survey, to provide sophisticated insights and rebut old stereotypes about how Millennials view work as they begin their careers in the midst of an economic crisis
- Helps Boomers and Gen Xers respond to the opportunities that Millennials bring by offering practical recommendations for effective leadership and talent development
- Helps Millennials navigate their way through the complexities of today's work environment
- Identifies opportunities available for all generations to make needed changes in the workplace that will benefit everyone
The book provides a cultural and familial context to the key behaviors attributed to Millennials, while offering practical advice and proven strategies to help all generations maximize each other's strengths in the workplace. You Raised Us - Now Work With Us is an indispensable resource for Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers wanting to bring out the best in each other and enhance their own career success.
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Praise for "Your Raised Us, Now Work With Us"
“'It is easy to simply write that Millennials are entitled. It is much harder to write a nuanced portrait that accurately captures the complexities of the Millennial Generation, but that's precisely what Lauren Rikleen has done in You Raised Us - Now Work with Us.”
— Keli Goff, author of Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence
“If you look at the organizational pyramid of many of today’s companies and apply a generational label to each typical level in the hierarchy you will generally find ‘boomers’in top management, ‘Gen Xrs’ in middle management and Millennials’ in lower management. It is in the latter group where a majority of day-to-day client contact occurs. In my former company, a global financial services organization of more than 30,000 people, I, and 10 other boomers focused on strategic decisions; roughly 1,000 Gen X middle managers transformed those decisions into local actions; and all the rest, roughly 29,000 out of 30,000, most of whom were under 30, delivered our products and services to our customers, working with them every day, and shaping their opinion of our company.
These groups do not think alike. As a leader it is critical to understand how they are not alike, and to harness that knowledge for the greater good of the enterprise, as well as for each member of these groups. That understanding can clearly be found in Lauren Rikleen’s book. It is a must read for those making major decisions for their companies. Understanding how those decisions will be executed means understanding who will execute them. That understanding can start here.”
—Ron Logue, former CEO, State Street Corporation
“There is a long tradition of the older generation misunderstanding and denigrating the younger generation, but it need not always be so. Lauren Rikleen presents a healthy alternative to this pattern in her wise and informative book. Drawing on her own research as well as other studies, and presenting survey findings along with individual perspectives, she explains today’s emerging adults to their potential employers and colleagues, to the benefit of both sides. This book provides a road map toward a workplace that is not only more productive but more harmonious and humane.”
—Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Clark University, co-author (with Elizabeth Fishel) of When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?
“Generational differences are causing uncertainty and strife in the uncharted waters of the digital economy, but they don’t have to. In You Raised Us – Now Work With Us, Lauren Rikleen does a brilliant job of outlining the nuances behind many of the stereotypes that befall Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials – particularly critical as more Millennials enter the workforce at the same time Boomers are delaying their retirements. Her book paves the way for workers of all ages to not just tolerate generational differences, but thrive by embracing the best of them. Backed by data and powerful anecdotes, Rikleen has written the manual we need to redefine team effectiveness and workplace success for the new millennium.”
—Jenny Blake, author of Life After College