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The challenge of integrating Millennials

“Millennials don't want to be managed, they like to be led, coached and mentored. This generation is on fire and ready to go."  (Farshad Asl).

Our organisations often undergo change we don’t even plan for, for example political and economic swings can take us by surprise.  One of the biggest ongoing changes we face is the composition of the workforce; the Millennials generation is even larger than the “baby boom” generation according to some. The question is, does it matter?

According to a report from PWC (“Millennials at Work: Reshaping the Workplace”), Millennials already form 25% of the workforce in the U.S. and account for over half of the population in India. By 2020, Millennials will form 50% of the global workforce. As well as changing the cultural tone of the organisations they work with, they are critical as a generation because they will be the economic support for an increasingly larger older generation as life expectancy increases. Integrating Millennials effectively is becoming a crucial aim for many organisations.

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Laughter ... how to motivate staff to increase productivity

“There is little success where there is little laughter."  (Andrew Carnegie).

Whether we are having fun at work can of course be directly measured by the amount of laughter. Appropriate laughter of course, but nevertheless laughter. And just writing about laughter reminds me of the last time I laughed to a degree of utter helplessness. One of those moments in life one never forgets. It was back in the USA earlier this year.

 You may not be aware (I certainly wasn’t) but in the middle of Florida there is some rather nice forest areas. Not swamp and alligators, but trees and squirrels. So, a friend John and I ended up there in an RV one evening. We sat as the sun went down, quietly talking and (I assure you) not drinking alcohol. And I saw a sight I have never seen before.

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Work & fun: how to motivate staff to increase productivity

When did it all get so serious in the workplace?

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing"  (Dale Carnegie)

Given that we spend so much time at work, the last thing we want to be doing is constantly watching the clock to count down the minutes until we can leave! A recent national survey touting the importance of fun in the workplace of more than 500 HR managers, found the majority 'strongly supported' promoting fun in the office, noting that a positive environment benefits not only individual employees, but the organization as a whole. 

"I don't think of work as work and play as play. It's all about living!"  (Richard Branson)

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