Monday, October 17, 2005

Today's Workforce is Different

A lot of information regarding the changing workforce came from the keynote speaker this morning.

He talked about the four generations now in the workforce. They have very different moral standards, and a very different view of authority. The four "generations" are not age specific but era specific. He called them:

1) Traditionalists
2) Baby boomers
3) GenXers
4) Millennialists

Their views are all very different. They communicate differently:

1) Face-to-face
2) Phone
3) email
4) text message

Then he said: Even their view of sex is very different:

1) After marriage
2) back seat
3) over Internet
4) define sex

He put this slide up on the screen:

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents ... and tyrannize their teachers."

Then asked anyone if they knew who said this. There was quiet all around. Then he revealed the source as SOCRATES.

(Just doing a quick search on the internet, it's not clear that in fact Socrates did say this. Some say Plato. Whoever said it, the effect is the same.)

He also said that whereas most born in the 40s worked for the same company for years, the newer generation, by age 34, has worked for nine companies!

Joe Ucciferro, was well qualified to give a talk on talent software generally and the SAP talent software specifically. He was from the Day & Zimmerman company. They manage military installations in the U.S. including bases in Oahu. They also manage personnel guarding various chemical installations and missile facilities. "Everything we do" he said "revolves around the best talent possible." I guess so! I hope so!

We have guided missiles and misguided men." -- Martin Luther King, Jr