Guest Blog submitted by: Greg Scott, Jennifer Earls, Kelley Kossakoski
Hello, everyone! We are excited to introduce you to a unique miniseries at the Workforce Institute, a series of blog posts that will follow the early stages of professional development of three recent entrants into the working world. We’ll tackle issues that affect how generations interact in the workplace: technology, communications, perspectives and anything else that we, or you, feel is relevant. Welcome to the Ground Floor.
So, who are we? All of us just recently joined the workforce, and are members of a Marketing Employee Development program at Kronos, Inc. More importantly, we’re all from Generation Y (which includes anyone born after 1980). We may have our obsessions with iPods, text messages and the Internet, but we’re also beginning to enter the workforce – in HUGE numbers. At 75 million strong, Gen Y is the largest generation to come along since the baby boomers.
Let’s face it. The workforce is now more diverse than ever, especially with regard to age. In fact, 64 million people will be leaving the workforce by 2010. Conveniently, the largest generation since the baby boomers, Gen Y, is stepping in to fill their shoes.
We’re here to share our thoughts and insights on how generations can work together, and more importantly, establish a dialogue on these cross-generational issues. We want your comments, ideas, and experiences!