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Learning from Each Other: Generational Diversity in the Workplace

What is "good" leadership to a Boomer? To a Gen X'er? To a Millennial? 

"Research indicates that there are a lot more perceived differences than real ones between the generations," said Dr. Rhetta Standifer, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of management. "There is a lot of myth, but there are also some real, key differences too."

A new workshop series hosted by the UW-Eau Claire College of Business and Department of Management and Marketing will explore generational similarities and differences at work, and offer practical information to those interested in learning how to lead and communicate in a way that speaks to all generations. The management series consists of two 90-minute workshops that are free and open to the public.

The first workshop, "Generational Diversity and Leadership," will be led by Standifer and Dr. Scott Lester, UW-Eau Claire professor of management Standifer and Lester will introduce workshop participants to the different generations they may encounter in the workplace, and invite them to examine their own attitudes and perceptions about each generation.The management professors will offer best practices and strategies organizations can use to make generational diversity a strength that improves both the bottom line and employee satisfaction. The workshop will be held March 11 from 7:30-9 a.m. in the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. (See more details and a link to registration information below.)

The second workshop, "Generational Diversity and Communication," will focus on how communication styles differ among employees born in different eras.Students from the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management will facilitate a multigenerational panel of students, community leaders and faculty members who will share their experiences and offer insight about what works and what can be improved.The workshop will be held April 2 from 7:30-9 a.m. in the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. (See more details and a link to registration information below.)

Mike Conner, an executive director at PESI Inc., a national professional seminar and consulting firm sponsoring the management series, believes it is important that managers understand the unique contributions each generation brings to the workplace.

"We've always had generational diversity, but now there are four generations in the U.S. workforce simultaneously," said Conner. "When these generations interact, things happen — good things and not so good things. Some organizations see this as an issue, while others see it as an opportunity. Organizations that 'get it right' have a distinct advantage over their competition." 

For more information, contact Dr. Rhetta Standifer, Department of Management and Marketing, at standirl@uwec.edu or 715-836-5611.  


Generational Diversity and Leadership

Wednesday, March 11 | 7:30–9 a.m.
Ojibwe Room (330C), UW-Eau Claire Davies Center
» Register here by Monday, March 2 

Generational Diversity and Communication

Thursday, April 2 | 7:30–9 a.m.
Ojibwe Room (330C), UW-Eau Claire Davies Center
» Register here by Monday, March 23