The Inspirus Blog

Embracing Generational Diversity: How to Create Community Among Generations

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

7/6/17 6:00 AM

In today’s workforce, diversity and inclusion are continuing to grow in importance as topics such as gender parity, religious equality, race and ethnicity, and more are rising in popularity to ensure everyone is treated fairly in the workplace. Employees want a safe and inclusive environment where they can be valued and judged on their work ethic and outcomes – not by stereotypes, beliefs or individual preferences.

The same can be said for different generations in the workplace, too. From the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers to Generation X and Millennials, each generation has stereotypes for working styles and how they communicate with others. In fact, a recent Robert Half survey reported that over 2,200 CFOs across the U.S. said they see the greatest generational differences in employees’ communication skills, ability to change and technical abilities.

Rather than focusing on the differences, however, organizations who embrace generational diversity develop an environment that encourages participation and collaboration between age groups. Here are three ways organizations and management can create community among generations while establishing a diverse and inclusive culture. In turn, companies can attract and retain talented, hard-working employees who feel valued and engaged.

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Topics: diversity and inclusion, generational diversity, Millennials, mentoring programs, Employee Engagement

Leading with Authenticity

Posted by Mia Mends

6/14/17 6:00 AM

There is perhaps no topic more relevant than authenticity to my life, my career and my leadership role, so I am especially excited about the opportunity to participate in the keynote panel, “Leading with Authenticity,” at Brandon Hall Group’s A Way Forward: Women in Leadership Summit, June 15-16 in Delray, Florida.

I will join two other professional women — Jenny Dearborn, SVP and CLO at SAP, and Nellie Borrero, Global Inclusion and Diversity Managing Director at Accenture — and we will share our stories and discuss the importance and power of authenticity.

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Topics: authenticity, women in leadership, gender balance, diversity and inclusion