Thursday, October 1, 2015

PLN #6

In the article “Make Way for Generation Z” by Michael Hirshon he is talking about the advantages that bringing different generations to the workforce can do to companies. He says that the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, born after 1980, seemed that some of them didn’t want to grow up. Hirshson also says, “Many were not afraid to speak their minds and made it clear they wanted to change the status quo. And at 80 million strong, they had the numbers to do it.” Generation Z, born starting in the mid-90s to the early ’00s, is starting to become the new and improved. It states that “Gen Zers” tend to be more independent and want to be “cut loose earlier.” They also are “curious and driven” and Gen Zers are more of a mix of ethnicities. They are starting to take more interest in real world jobs as shown by the kids towards the end of the hour.


I think that bringing different generations into the workforce is a great idea. You can get different viewpoints from everyone and it could make your company that much better. In the article it says,” Every time I threw out phrases like “paying your dues” and “playing the game,” the audience stared at me blankly. This was not the reaction I had come to expect from early twentysomethings. Usually they took notes on how they could get ahead in corporate America as quickly as possible.” That quote shows that some companies just have one generation of workers and even down to the way they all talk they are only connecting in some ways. Also  sometimes everyone doesn’t relate, and bringing in new people could bring in new ideas. For example at my house, my parents always say how awesome it is that kids now can take Algebra 2 Honors as a freshman or even an 8th grader because when they were in school they would take that class as a senior. That just shows how much Gen Zers are making a change in everyday society and possibly even in the workforce in the near future.

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