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Speaking a New Language

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 7, 2017

I read a great article in the March 2017 issue of our SDA Today.  It’s called “Do You Speak Millennial or Gen-Z?, A look into the realm of reverse mentoring and why it’s to everyone’s benefit.” It was written by one of our members, Anne McNeely, CDFA.

As a Gen-X’er and a mom of a Gen-Z’er, who, also, works with a few Millennials, I found the article was both very interesting and beneficial.

My husband and I raised our son, but we certainly feel the generational gap of technology between parents and son.  I consider myself pretty high on the totem pole of keeping up with technology and find working with software and hardware pretty easy, however; my son surpasses me dramatically, with ease.  It’s a wonder to see, but at the same time it shouldn’t be a surprise.  I started working on computers in my early teens and we had a computer before my son was even born.  Essentially my son was “born with a computer” in his hands.  With that said, this article addresses these differences and the stereotypes that come with the generational gap and how to address use programs to teach all generations to work together with ease, called Reverse Mentoring.  Reading about Reverse mentoring was exciting because I feel like I already try to do that at home, and should make sure to do this at work for my own and my firm’s benefit.  Check out this amazing article that addresses these topics, it may help ease tensions, help you work better together and learn newI read a great article in the latest SDA Today.  It’s called “Do You Speak Millennial or Gen-Z?, A look into the realm of reverse mentoring and why it’s to everyone’s benefit.” It was written by one of our members, Anne McNeely, CDFA.

As a Gen-X’er and a mom of a Gen-Z’er, who, also, works with a few Millennials, I found the article was both very interesting and beneficial.

My husband and I raised our son, but we certainly feel the generational gap of technology between parents and son.  I consider myself pretty high on the totem pole of keeping up with technology and find working with software and hardware pretty easy, however; my son surpasses me dramatically, with ease.  It’s a wonder to see, but at the same time it shouldn’t be a surprise.  I started working on computers in my early teens and we had a computer before my son was even born.  Essentially my son was “born with a computer” in his hands.  With that said, this article addresses these differences and the stereotypes that come with the generational gap and how to address use programs to teach all generations to work together with ease, called Reverse Mentoring.  Reading about Reverse mentoring was exciting because I feel like I already try to do that at home, and should make sure to do this at work for my own and my firm’s benefit.  Check out this amazing article. 

While we’re on the topic of Millennials, you may, also, want to look at the infographic, “The Multi-generational Workforce: Tips for Motivating the Different Generations,” which is available as a giveaway (in the right-hand gray area) for non-members or on the member-only Human Resources page.

How are you doing with our next generations at the office? Leave your comments below. 

L

Lynda Meyer is the Controller

for Precision Measurements Incorporated

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Tags:  Gen-Z  Millennial  Reverse Mentoring  SDA  Society for Design Administration 

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Sabrina Heard says...
Posted Friday, April 7, 2017
Great reflection Lynda. I feel the same way with myself and my kids. What is Reverse Mentoring?
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Sarah Wallace, CDFA, LEED Green Associate says...
Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Great article Lynda!
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