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Thursday 27 February, 2020

#21st Century workplace

# 21st-century-workplace - Today’s News

From Business ETC Work-it: 'The phrase itself imagines work and life are two different things' 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: 'The phrase itself imagines work and life are two different things'

Is work-life balance achievable or does it add pressure?

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 21 February, 2020

Work-it: 'It was between us and Facebook and they chose us'

How to stand out from the crowd and get your company noticed.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 20 February, 2020

From Business ETC Work-it: 'It was between us and Facebook and they chose us' 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: 'It was between us and Facebook and they chose us'

How to stand out from the crowd and get your company noticed.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Work-it: The balancing act of flexible working

Thinking on remote working and adaptable hours is changing, but could it have unintended consequences?

From Business ETC Work-it: The balancing act of flexible working 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: The balancing act of flexible working

Thinking on remote working and adaptable hours is changing, but could it have unintended consequences?

# 21st-century-workplace - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

From Business ETC Poll: Have you been put off taking a job because of a long recruitment process? 21st Century Workplace This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you been put off taking a job because of a long recruitment process?

When the process drags on, some candidates might question if it is worth the wait.

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 7 February, 2020

Work-it: Dealing with imposter syndrome

Most leaders feel the symptoms, but how they deal with it is key.

'A very hot market': Why Knotel is keen on Dublin

The WeWork competitor is expanding with big plans for the capital.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 6 February, 2020

From Business ETC Work-it: Dealing with imposter syndrome 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: Dealing with imposter syndrome

Most leaders feel the symptoms, but how they deal with it is key.

# 21st-century-workplace - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

From Business ETC 'A very hot market': Why Knotel is keen on Dublin 21st Century Workplace

'A very hot market': Why Knotel is keen on Dublin

The WeWork competitor is expanding with big plans for the capital.

# 21st-century-workplace - Monday 3 February, 2020

From Business ETC TeachKloud wants to do away with paperwork in creches and pre-schools 21st Century Workplace

TeachKloud wants to do away with paperwork in creches and pre-schools

In our weekly Startup Scout series, Fora picks out the most promising companies emerging from Ireland.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 30 January, 2020

From Business ETC Courting European business: Why Greenhouse chose Dublin for its first international base 21st Century Workplace

Courting European business: Why Greenhouse chose Dublin for its first international base

Talent is a big driver as the US recruitment tech company joins the capital’s multinational ranks.

From Business ETC Work-it: To contract, or not to contract 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: To contract, or not to contract

Working on your own terms might be the dream, but it has its downsides.

# 21st-century-workplace - Wednesday 29 January, 2020

Courting European business: Why Greenhouse chose Dublin for its first international base

Talent is a big driver as the US recruitment tech company joins the capital’s multinational ranks.

Work-it: To contract, or not to contract

Working on your own terms might be the dream, but it has its downsides.

Work-it: Playing the generation game

From Generation X, Y and Z to Baby Boomers, keeping everyone on board can be a tricky balancing act.

# 21st-century-workplace - Saturday 25 January, 2020

IN OUR WORK-IT series, we talk to entrepreneurs and experts to delve into the most pressing issues for those trying to make it in the ever-changing business world. Whether you are founding, running or working in a fast-growing company, we will dig a little deeper into the ingredients that make up the right stuff.

YOU CAN ALWAYS count on millennials to divide opinion. Whether it’s a strong relationship with avocados or an alien attitude to the workplace, mention of the entire generation seems to lead to heated discussion.

That’s precisely what happened during the week when a room of Irish business people gathered for the launch of Dublin Business School’s new executive leadership programme, called Eleven.

Over a breakfast of muesli and seeded bread at L’Ecrivain Restaurant on Baggot Street, differences of opinion on the younger generation emerged as Milo-Arne Wilkinson, the behavioural psychologist who created the Eleven programme, talked about some of the challenges facing leaders in the workplace.

A disloyalty to the workplace and a general lack of understanding of a company’s purpose were some of the issues raised regarding younger workers. Others in the room said they admired the generation’s ability to choose more of a work-life balance and that their attitudes are reflective of an evolving developed society.

Regardless of their opinions, it came to light that leaders are finding it challenging to manage different generations within the workforce.

Speaking after the event Wilkinson told Fora that four generations are working together and all have very different outlooks.

“The younger generation crave more stability and they want more prescription around what they have to do, but they don’t want to be told what to do,” she explained.

“All of that is much more prevalent than the older generation who just want to get on with it,” she said.

Wilkinson added that when dealing with those different outlooks in the workplace it’s important to “look at the individual employees and not the product” being sold.

“So if we are a business that sells dog food, just because we have sold dog food for the past 45 years, that’s not enough for the younger generations to engage,” she said.

“They bring a new lens to the way we can potentially sell that dog food, whether that is through social media or marketing design,” she explained.

According to Wilkinson the attitude of “just getting on” doesn’t work either for organisations; there needs to be a stronger connection between the workforce and what’s being sold or developed.

She said that one way to help millennials and Generation Z integrate better into the workforce is to understand firstly, that they may not be at this company for very long but to explain to them what their purpose is while they are here. 

“Ask them, ‘what is it you would like to achieve? what’s your legacy? what imprint would you like to make on this organisation?’,” she said. 

005 Milo-Arne Wilkinson

Understanding the different generations

It’s not surprising that the four generations would differ, when you consider how varied their formative years and experiences in the workplace have been.

Anna Burzlaff, head of insights at branding and content agency Tenth Man, has done quite a bit of research on Generation Z, millennials and Generation X.

She told Fora that younger generations have grown up immersed in technology and depend a lot on their phones.

“They’re not tied to physical space and they don’t expect that from work either. So they like the idea of flexible working and the options to work from home. Globally, being able to set your own hours is a really big trend for millennials,” she said.

Generation Z are quite entrepreneurial focused and can see that people make careers through using social media, Burzlaff said. 

We did a survey on youth culture in Ireland and 59% of that generation are more concerned with making money than having leisure time,” she explained.

“So they have that hustle mentality and they want to strive but they feel like they can do it on their terms,” she said.

Burzlaff also pointed out that many millennials would have graduated during the recession and not have found a job afterwards because of the market, which explains why they feel less loyal to an employer.

“Similarly, Generation Z would have seen their older siblings get a college degree and not a job and that changes your view of that traditional blueprint career,” she explained.

On the other hand, Burzlaff said that Generation X entered the workforce at a time of prosperity.

“They did pretty well for themselves in the workplace and have a more traditional view of work and what work entails. They’re less likely to ask for flexibility in the workplace although it might be something that they want,” she said.

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Tony Devine is managing partner at The Grey Matters Network that places Baby Boomers in companies for interim senior roles. He describes himself as a boomer, part of a generation born between 1946 and 1964 and would have found it competitive to get a job in the workforce thanks to an expansion of the population at the time.

The generation has a 35-year career behind them and brings a lot of experience to the workplace.

“The three managing partners of the company are a part of the generation. We have worked for 35 years for big companies and at senior levels, travelling every second week,” he said.

“We have done the full-on permanent career, where we had to earn as much as we possibly could and perform to our highest levels. Each of us would have had our mortgages to cover, our kids to cover,” he explained.

He said that that age group is now at phase three of their career where they are consolidating what they have got, working in consulting, mentoring and coaching roles within an organisation but also filling contract roles to complete certain projects.

Within the workplace, he explained this generation has to contend with ageism.

“The big one for us is social age and that’s where people perceive your age and that’s where stereotypes come in and that’s where you get discrimination and exclusion,” he said.

He told Fora he has seen instances in companies where there have been internal struggles to merge the different generations.

He gave the example of a multinational that set up here a few years ago and hired lots of millennials and Generation Z employees for sales roles and then a manager from Generation X.

Devine said the managers found it hard to manage the expectations of the generation under them who started to ask for salary increases and promotions after only working at the company for a short while.

“The Generation X manager didn’t understand that because he had to work up through the system, learn the ropes and do the time. It’s driven by technology, but the newer generation is always looking to what’s next,” he said.

For Devine collaboration is key in overcoming differences. He said that within Ireland there are a few companies that are running reverse mentoring programmes. Pramerica, a subsidiary of US pensions and insurance giant Prudential, is an example of one.

“It’s where the younger generation who is very digital savvy is mentoring the boomer and vice versa. And then the older generation mentors the younger who wants to know, ‘how can I do your job’,” he explained.

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# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 17 January, 2020

Want to be a CGI wizard, sous chef or finance specialist? There's now an apprenticeship for that

Apprenticeships are changing – but attitudes to them need to catch up.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 16 January, 2020

From Business ETC Want to be a CGI wizard, sous chef or finance specialist? There's now an apprenticeship for that 21st Century Workplace

Want to be a CGI wizard, sous chef or finance specialist? There's now an apprenticeship for that

Apprenticeships are changing – but attitudes to them need to catch up.

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 10 January, 2020

Work-It: Building a culture of trust and recognition is like “turning a massive ship”

Bean-bags and ping pong tables aren’t much consolation if people don’t feel valued.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 9 January, 2020

From Business ETC Work-It: Building a culture of trust and recognition is like “turning a massive ship” 21st Century Workplace

Work-It: Building a culture of trust and recognition is like “turning a massive ship”

Bean-bags and ping pong tables aren’t much consolation if people don’t feel valued.

# 21st-century-workplace - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

From Business ETC Poll: Do you think working a shorter week would make you more productive? 21st Century Workplace This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think working a shorter week would make you more productive?

Finland’s Prime Minister has proposed a shorter workweek, but it may not suit every business model.

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 3 January, 2020

Worklife trends of 2019 and what's in store for next year

Here’s how Irish businesses are embracing an evolving workplace.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 2 January, 2020

From Business ETC Worklife trends of 2019 and what's in store for next year 21st Century Workplace

Worklife trends of 2019 and what's in store for next year

Here’s how Irish businesses are embracing an evolving workplace.

# 21st-century-workplace - Monday 23 December, 2019

From Business ETC Pack to the future: Inside An Post's shiny new parcel hub Retail And Services

Pack to the future: Inside An Post's shiny new parcel hub

The semi-state is just getting started as it plots its long-term plan.

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 20 December, 2019

Pack to the future: Inside An Post's shiny new parcel hub

The semi-state is just getting started as it plots its long-term plan.

Work-It: Are robots really going to steal your job?

With tech’s rapid development, are we really at the mercy of machines or is it all just hype?

From Business ETC Your crash course in... what's changing in the employment permits system 21st Century Workplace

Your crash course in... what's changing in the employment permits system

The state is changing its work permit rules to alleviate staff shortages in several sectors.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 19 December, 2019

From Business ETC Work-It: Are robots really going to steal your job? 21st Century Workplace

Work-It: Are robots really going to steal your job?

With tech’s rapid development, are we really at the mercy of machines or is it all just hype?

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 13 December, 2019

From Business ETC Your crash course in... addressing the gender imbalance at the top of Irish business 21st Century Workplace

Your crash course in... addressing the gender imbalance at the top of Irish business

The low down on the latest report from the state-backed Balance for Better Business group.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Work-It: Playing with space in the modern office

From open plan to old-style cubicles, layout can have a big impact on how people interact.

Treating lung disease to smart toy tech: where Ireland is spending €65m to disrupt tech

We take a closer look at some of the projects being backed by the government’s disruptive tech fund.

From Business ETC Treating lung disease to smart toy tech: where Ireland is spending €65m to disrupt tech Startups And Tech

Treating lung disease to smart toy tech: where Ireland is spending €65m to disrupt tech

We take a closer look at some of the projects being backed by the government’s disruptive tech fund.

From Business ETC Work-It: Playing with space in the modern office 21st Century Workplace

Work-It: Playing with space in the modern office

From open plan to old-style cubicles, layout can have a big impact on how people interact.

# 21st-century-workplace - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

From Business ETC Poll: Do you think your accent has affected your career opportunities? 21st Century Workplace This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think your accent has affected your career opportunities?

A recent UK survey suggests that accent bias could still exist in the workplace.

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 6 December, 2019

From Business ETC Work-it: Breaking down the culture club 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: Breaking down the culture club

A buzzword that is common from the sporting world to the office, what does ‘culture’ really mean?

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 5 December, 2019

Work-it: Breaking down the culture club

A buzzword that is common from the sporting world to the office, what does ‘culture’ really mean?

# 21st-century-workplace - Friday 29 November, 2019

Work-it: The skill of saying no

Turning down investment or a job offer might not be easy, but it can be the right call.

# 21st-century-workplace - Thursday 28 November, 2019

From Business ETC Work-it: The skill of saying no 21st Century Workplace

Work-it: The skill of saying no

Turning down investment or a job offer might not be easy, but it can be the right call.

# 21st-century-workplace - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

From Business ETC Poll: Do you favour a work-life balance over career progression? 21st Century Workplace This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you favour a work-life balance over career progression?

Attitudes to working-around-the-clock are changing.

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