Sunday, April 5, 2020

Generation Z in the Workplace

The GI Generation, the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Xennials,  Millennials Generation Y , and Generation Z. Which one are you? Somehow, since 1924, generations have been nicknamed. Each time, a new generation pops up. With that, they enter the workforce. I think it is funny that each generation reflects past generations differently, which is a good thing. Why? History has a habit of repeating itself. If you don't believe me, there are plenty of articles available. However, that isn't what today's blog is about. Rather, we are discussing Generation Z as they enter the workforce and define their career paths. At present, during a pandemic, they need support and it is up to the rest of us to help. If your a manager, store owner, or employee a Generation Z member, do I have the perfect book for you. Generation Z in the Workplace: Helping the Newest Generation in the Workforce Build Successful Working Relationships and Career Paths by Dr. Candace Steel Flippin is a fantastic resource. Take a look at the book and meet the author.


Generation Z in the Workplace: Helping the Newest Generation in the Workforce Build Successful Working Relationships and Career Path Paperback – March 29, 2017

What will it take to help Generation Z Succeed at Work and in their Careers?

At present, there are five people in the labor force between ages 15 and 64 for every person over age 65. By 2050, this ratio will drop to 3:1. Generation X, Y, and Z leaders are emerging within the multigenerational workforce as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire. At the same time, there has been a great deal of discussion about generation gaps and how they are creating challenges in the workplace. Generation Z in the Workplace provides research-based information about how Gen Z workers can get the most out of their roles and careers. This book also offers suggestions for those who supervise members of Generation Z to help them develop their careers and reach their potential. Generation Z in the Workplace explore insights from our young, up-and-coming workforce and understand what Gen Z want from their careers. Everyone has something to offer.

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I'm a communications executive, multigenerational workplace scholar, TEDx speaker, and author. My goal is to build a bridge across generation gaps so that everyone can get the most out of their careers. I was born in Memphis, TN. However, I grew up in Detroit, MI. I received a BA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Management from Case Western Reserve University. I lived in Washington, D.C. , Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Minneapolis, MN, and in 2018, my husband and I moved back to Memphis. I've traveled to 30 countries so far and can't wait for the world to get better health-wise and economically so my family and I can explore more cultures.

What inspired you to author this book?

Years ago, while riding an elevator, I overheard two women describing a challenging experience with a younger coworker. It was clear to me that they were both very frustrated. At the end of the discussion, they looked at each other and said Millennials! I thought what their Millennial coworker is saying about them to her friends? I wanted to reframe the negative conversation and build a bridge across the generation gap I saw in organizations.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?

I wanted to show the upward trajectory of the youngest and largest generation in the workforce.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

I shared the first draft of my book with Elaina Zuker, the author of The Seven Secrets of Influence. I was very proud of the manuscript. I considered it a brilliant and smart read. She didn't. She told me my book read as if a professor wrote. Ouch! I swallowed my pride and re-edited my book to make it more accessible, hands-on, fun, and visually appealing. She then gave me the thumbs up. Her feedback pushed me to focus on my ultimate goal—to help people.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

It was tough to find supporters. Many people told me that I was wasting my time. Most colleagues told me that generational differences are not "real." I listened, but I didn't give up on my research on the multigenerational workplace. Recently, a woman who read my book recognized me from one of my media interviews and approached me at a restaurant. She told me how my book helped her and her sister. So, I guess I wasn't wasting my time.

Tell your readers about your book.

My books is a practical career guide for the Gen Z workers. I cover topics such as: How to communicate and work with their boss and the other generations at Work; The benefits of building a support network; and How to create a career development plan.

It is also helpful for those who manage and work alongside Gen Zers. I provide suggestions for those who supervise members of Generation Z to help them develop their careers and reach their potential.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Gen Zers who are looking to get the most out of their careers. My book is also a great guide to help those who manage Gen Zer who want to develop a productive working relationship.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I recently gave a TEDx Talk, launched a podcast, and am working on my next book. My TEDx talk "Are You Talking to Me? What Women Really Want…At Work." was just released. 

In it, I discuss my S.H.A.P.E. career advice concept for women. It's going to be the topic of my next book. S.H.A.P.E. is about the importance of saving, what hard Work means, the need to advocate for yourself, preparing to persevere, and committing to different ways to educate yourself.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I believe my readers appreciate my unique background as both a scholar and an executive. I provide "real-world" perspectives that are backed-up by my experience as a communications executive and as a researcher.