Are Millennials lazy, disloyal, inattentive, and entitled? Or are they efficient, savvy, goal-oriented multitaskers? Peter Shankman, author, entrepreneur, and worldwide connector, discusses the “Facebook Generation’s” strengths and weaknesses, from the perspective of a successful, seasoned professional whose ADHD functions as his superpower. Jelena Woehr, a young professional “native” to the social Web, gives an under-25′s take on turning Millennials’ unique values and traits into workplace advantages. Whether you’re a new grad or an old hand, this session will offer new insight into how young adults see the modern working world–and how that world sees them.
1. Young professionals learn rapidly, expect change, and adopt new technologies easily. Every strength of the Facebook Generation can be a weakness; likewise, every weakness can be a strength.
2. Older professionals should attract top-notch Millennial employees by offering structure, variety, mentorship, and recognition.
4. Young professionals need to manage expectations; get back to basics; know when to ask for help; and strive to understand employers' needs.
5. Younger managers can supervise older workers, but it takes hard work and strategic communication.
6. Older managers can build a team of rising stars, but it takes flexibility. When generational differences become multigenerational insights, great things happen!