"Parents [and leaders] often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it."
- Haim Ginott
I'm not a big fan of focusing exclusively on one generation or another when I think about job satisfaction, leadership behavior, or strategic workforce planning. However, there are some realities to the world we live in that can not be ignored.
For example, there are a heck of a lot of people turning sixty-five every day (as in, 10,000!) We affectionately call these folks baby-boomers and seem to hold them in high regard.
Deserved for some, but not for all.
We also have another group of employees that are making a huge impact in our hiring, leadership development, and retention activities.
There are a heck of a lot of them turning twenty-something every day. We not-so-affectionately call these folks millennials.
This negative stereotype speaks volumes about the insecurities of the leaders uttering them.
Glassdoor has published an interesting report on recruiting and retention statistics for 2017 that is loaded with neat little facts,
What I found most impactful includes:
- we need to respect our employees
- we need to focus on creating an amazing place to work to retain our employees
- we need to be progressive, competitive, and thoughtful on pay, benefits and culture
Do Your Job
So, what does all of this *new* insight tell us? It's quite simple actually.
1. Leaders are focused far too much on themselves.
2. Leaders spend too much time labeling others.
3. Leaders are threatened about their positions so anything new or different is bad.
4. Leaders lose good people because they don't practice the values that they preach.
You aren't that special..but your team members are. Stop talking, start showing them how much they matter to your company.
How About You
I know every leader isn't stumbling around like a management dinosaur. But if the Glassdoor report tells us anything, it's that there plenty of those dinosaurs left alive who are still tearing down their organizations from the inside out.
Don't be a dinosaur.
I'd love to hear from you.