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What really happens When Millennials Take Over?

When Millennials take over, how can you embrace their stampede into the workforce? With these organizational changes, of course.

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Millennials are taking over the world, the workforce, and your life, oh no!

Errbody trembling about Millennials taking over. They love to talk about how we feel “entitled.” When you had parents tell you to educate yourself and you’ll prosper, and they micromanaged your education down to the letter grade, then you enter the workforce with thousands of dollars in student loan debt, you might feel a tad entitled to a chance at a decent job too. Instead, Millennials graduated into a rotten economy and a lot are still scrambling to find a decent job.

Millennials are ready to make some changes. Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, co-authors of When Millennials Take Over completely get it. Not at all surprising, since their main gig is to help organizations build outstanding work cultures and succeed in the age of technology.

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Their book profiles exactly what a Millennial employee looks like so business leaders of a different generation (that’s you- Baby Boomers & Gen-Xers) can see why it’s important to incorporate them into their vision. There are some great examples of companies doing things right, case studies, and great takeaways to help you understand Millennials and how they can be a positive influence on your company.

We are experiencing a fundamental shift between two eras right now. The mechanical organization of the workplace, what this book calls the “machine model of management,” is falling apart. Out with the old model in with the new- which is all due to the social internet revolution. Who is on the forefront of this workforce revolution? Millennials.

With Millennials entering the workforce in droves, you may want to consider some of the tactics in this book. For those curious about how your business can incorporate these Millennials stampeding into the workforce, Grant and Notter suggest four important organizational changes you must embrace to make the transition:

1. Get digital

Digital is the most obvious keyword attached to the millennial generation. We use social technologies like they’ve always existed. Digital technology can open a new world for handling marketing, customer service, internal communication, etc.

The digital world prides itself on being innovative, and Millennials are comfortable going along with the constant change and improvement upon technologies.

If you’re old school and scoffing at this digital revolution, When Millennials Take Over argues that behind all of this technology, “is the full adoption of the core principles of what being digital means: putting the customer or user first, serving the middle, not just the top, and continuous innovation and improvement.”

2. Clarity

Millennials can’t quite comprehend why an organization would be stingy with information. Closed door meetings, not sharing financial data, and not involving staff in the decision making process= missed opportunities to Millennials.

With the digital revolution, information flows freely. The key is making information in your organization available to more parts of the system.

While not every last bit of information should be made clear to everyone in an organization, we need to challenge the traditional notion that only upper management should know how to do certain things. The more information people have, the better the results.

3. Fluidity

Using the old bureaucracy model of management will get you nowhere with this generation. It breeds frustration, resistance, and most importantly, it prevents innovation. There is some value in a hierarchy set up because it often reduces the load, but the book explains that a smarter set up of your organization would be circles and not pyramids.

Millennials need to feel like they have a voice and are meaningful to an organization, not that they’re just one small bolt in a machine. They take great pride in feeling like they’re an important piece of the puzzle. You will see results when you shift from a pyramid to a circle.

4. Move quickly

Keeping up with all the changes during this fundamental shift in eras is not easy but it is essential in order to function in the digital age. The book calls it a “pivot,” and if you don’t pivot quickly enough, you’ll lose out to those businesses that do.

Investing in speed will help you pivot. If you find yourself struggling to keep up, you’re not alone. You know who understands the value of speed? Who understands and works best when processes change quickly because it’s all they’ve ever known? You’ve guessed it. Millennials.

So maybe Millennials don’t deserve to be labelled with that off-putting word, “entitled,” but they do have high expectations of what they want when they enter the workforce and they plan on making those expectations a reality. These guys have a lot to offer your business if you can understand them and use them properly.

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Emily Crews is a staff writer at The American Genius and holds a degree in English from Western Kentucky University. Reading, music, black coffee, and her two little girls rule her life. She sees herself one day running a tiny bookstore at the end of the Earth. In the meantime, she is thrilled to write for AG and also does copy editing (team Oxford comma) to keep her brain from turning to mush.

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  2. Chris Johnson

    March 24, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    You forgot the incompetence.

    The lack of accountability.

    The lack of ability to assert themselves and/or show initiative.

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  4. Red

    April 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    And answering a tweet while ignoring a cash customer directly in front of them.

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Age discrimination lawsuits are coming due to the pandemic – don’t add to the mess

(BUSINESS NEWS) Age discrimination is spreading despite intentions to help, and employers need to know how to proceed in this unprecedented era.

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Before the pandemic, age discrimination was prevalent in workplaces. The EEOC reports that in 2018, about 6 out of 10 workers aged 45 years and older say they experience discrimination on the job.

A 2015 survey found that 75% of older workers found age an obstacle in job hunting. COVID-19 made the situation much worse.

Not only do older workers deal with discrimination, but they are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the virus. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, older workers were hit the hardest by job loss during the pandemic, which is unusual during a recession. As offices reopen, employers need to be careful to avoid age discrimination in rehiring.

Lawyers expect age discrimination lawsuits to increase.

Last September, Harris Meyer published an article in the ABA Journal that predicted a “flood of age discrimination lawsuits” from the pandemic. Employers who have good intentions by keeping older employees out of the workplace to protect their health are still guilty of age discrimination.

What can employers do to avoid age discrimination?

It may be fine line between making sure you don’t discriminate based on age while offering ADA accommodations. The first thing employers should do is to know what laws apply based on their location. Some states exempt employees over 65 from returning to the workplace out of safety fears, meaning that those employees can still get unemployment. Other states are cutting benefits if employees don’t return to work, regardless of age.

There are some jurisdictions that have passed legislation about which workers have the right to be recalled. Next, review your own policies and agreements with laid off and terminated employees. You may want to consult legal counsel to make sure you’re covering your bases.

As you rehire, whether you’re bringing back former employees or hiring new team members, do not make hiring decisions based on age. Keep good documentation about your decisions to terminate certain employees. If you are citing poor performance, make sure to have a record of that. Don’t terminate older employees who have bigger salaries just because of lower sales. Monitor your words (and that of your hiring team) to avoid bias in hiring and firing.

Provide accommodations or not?

According to the SHRM, “Workers age 40 and older are protected from bias by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; however, that law doesn’t require employers to make accommodations for safety concerns.”

Still, employers can provide flexibility for workers, but it largely depends on the type of job. Reaching an accommodation for an office worker will be much easier than accommodating a sanitation worker.

Employers should assume that workers aged 40 and older can return to work. When the need for help is raised by the employee, enter negotiations for accommodations. Don’t initiate the conversation, and absolutely avoid any references to age.

Know that the environment may change as the pandemic continues to affect workers.

Be thoughtful about your hiring practices moving forward to avoid costly litigation from age discrimination.

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Missing office culture while working remotely? This tool tries to recreate it

(BUSINESS NEWS) This startup just released new software to help you reproduce the best parts of in-person office interactions while you work from home.

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Are you over working from home? Feeling disconnected from your co-workers? Well look no further: The startup Loop Team just released a tool that reproduces the office culture experience virtually.

“We’ve looked at a lot of the interactions that happen when you’re physically in an office — the visual communication, the background conversations, the hallway chatter,” said Loop Team’s founder and CEO Raj Singh in an interview with TechCrunch. “[W]e built an experience that effectively is a virtual office. And so it tries to represent the best parts of what a physical office experience might be like, but in a virtual form.”

Singh’s company, founded pre-COVID, is posed as a solution to feeling “out of the loop” while working remotely. During the pandemic, where virtually all of us are working from home, this technology is needed more than ever.

How it works is by essentially recreating an office experience on a virtual platform. Somewhere between Zoom and Slack with some added features, Loop Team lets you know who’s free to chat, who’s in meetings, and allows you to have private discussions using audio, video, and screen share. It’s ideal for working on projects together.

Loop’s layout is unique in the sense that it is designed to show you conversations in a clear, direct way – exposing relevant items and hiding the rest. Also, employees who miss meetings have the ability to review what they missed, making it perfect for companies that hire across time zones.

The platform was made available December 1st free of charge, but Singh is hoping to introduce a paid version next year. Pricing will likely reflect team size and should remain free for teams of 10 or less.

I’m a big fan of software that allows you to feel closer and more connected to your co-workers. Do I think anything will ever compare to a true, in-person office experience? Definitely not. That being said, I value this kind of progress, especially since I don’t think office culture en mass will make a return any time soon, regardless of vaccinations.

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What’s DMT and why are techies and entrepreneurs secretly taking the drug?

(BUSINESS) The tech world and entrepreneur world are quietly taking a psychadellic in increasing numbers – they make a compelling case, but it’s not without risks.

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Move over tortured artists and festival-goers, psychedelics aren’t just for you anymore. An increasing number of professionals in Silicon Valley swear by “microdosing” psychedelic substances such as lysergic acid diethylamide(LSD) in efforts to heighten creativity and drive innovative efforts.

This probably isn’t a shock to anyone following trends in tech and startups, particularly the glorification of the 8-trillion hour workweek (#hustle). But business owners, entrepreneurs, and technologists are also turning to other hallucinogens to awaken higher levels of consciousness in hopes of influencing favorable business results.

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is growing in popularity as business leaders and creatives flock to Peru or mastermind retreats to ingest the drug. It exists in the human body as well as other animals and plants. In his book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Dr. Rick Strassman says “this ‘spirit’ molecule provides our consciousness access to the most amazing and unexpected visions, thoughts and feelings. It throws open the door to worlds beyond our imagination.”

The substance is commonly synthesized in a lab and smoked, with short-lived effects (between five to 45 minutes, however, some say it lasts for hours).

Traditionally, however, it is extracted from various Amazonian plant species and snuffed or consumed as a tea (called ayahuasca or yage). The effects of DMT when consumed in this manner can last as long as ten hours. Entrepreneurs are attracted to the “ayahuasca experience” for its touted ability to provide clarity, vision and inventiveness.

Physical effects are said to include an increase in blood pressure and a raised heart rate. Users report gastrointestinal effects when taken orally, commonly referred to as the “purge.” The purging can include vomiting or diarrhea, which makes for interesting conversation at the next company whiteboarding session.

Users are subject to dizziness, difficulty regulating body temperature, and muscular incoordination. Users also risk seizures, respiratory failure, or falling into a coma.

DMT can interfere with medications or foods, a reason why many indigenous tribes that work with it also follow specific dietary guidelines prior to ingestion. Not paying attention to diet or prescription medication prior to consuming ayahuasca or DMT can lead to the opposite of the intended effect, potentially even causing trauma or death.

So why the hell are people putting themselves through this ordeal?

Many claim profound mental effects, often experiencing a transformative occurrence that provides clarity and healing. Auditory and visual hallucinations are common, with reports of geometric shapes and sharp, bold colors. Many report intense out-of-body experiences, an altered sense of time and space or ego dissolution (“ego death”).

Studies have indicated long-term effects in people who use DMT. Some report a reduction in symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Subjects in an observational study showed significant reductions in stress after participating in an ayahuasca ceremony, with effects lasting through the 4-week follow-up period.

Subjects also showed improvements in convergent thinking that were still evident at the 4-week follow up. People who consume DMT generally chronicle improvements in their overall satisfaction of life, and claim they are more mindful and aware after the experience.

It’s important to note that dying from ayahuasca is rarely reported, but that doesn’t rule out the risk. It’s also illegal in the states, explaining why groups flock to Peru to visit licensed ayahuasca retreats or why technologists buy DMT on the dark web to avoid detection.

For those considering a DMT journey (and we don’t recommend it based on the illegal nature and health risks), it’s critical to gain a full understanding of the potential risks prior to consumption.

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This story was first published here in June, 2019.

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