This week I have been following an interesting post on LinkedIn regarding management attitudes to the millennials, most of the conversations that followed were from the USA. To be honest they are not that dissimilar to the ones we are having in Australia; although I think it is a much bigger problem there due to traditional economic ideology in that country ( which operates for good or bad a capitalistic mindset). The tone of the conversation was about how managers were coping with an avalanche of enquiries regarding millennials futures, this appeared to be causing severe angst amongst senior leaders.
Personally have always adopted a very optimistic position on this topic and that eventually we will adjust to the new environment which we all face. This optimism has been formed having been involved in many discussions with the younger generations. One has to admit that some of their beliefs and views are different from what has gone before. What impresses me with the upcoming generations is the vibrancy they display in approaching problems, one might question their stance on some matters they can be somewhat idealistic but one cannot question their enthusiasm.
Here is where my realism currently swamps my optimism as I have recently formed a new opinion how these relationships are working out.
I am afraid we are still experiencing major obstacles regarding this and other change issues effecting the soon to retire Baby Boomers (the estimated time to be approximately 7.5 years) which is not tracking for a good result. Working in many different industries I am seeing first hand resistance in accepting the way work is viewed today, in motivating and inspiring younger people. Some progress should be acknowledged but our reality is we have not managed to achieve a meeting of minds how to pass the baton.
Many Baby Boomers can be accused of closing their respective minds to some of the collective problems we have created and I believe are creating barriers to the inevitable change which will occur over a very short time frame mentioned above. Rather than looking for initiative solutions we continue to spend time wringing our hands in protest, this behaviour will not alter the ultimate outcome. Whilst examining the future of our economy this has a major bearing on our successful prospects.
If we are to remain proud of our legacy there is an urgent need to remove the blinkers from our eyes and try to assist and guide the people who are to take over from us even though personal feelings cause us to think otherwise. This may sound unrealistic but to my mind nothing else will work it is about finding a balance of views.
I understand this point may cause distress to some but stand wholeheartedly by my comments. I base my comments in what I actually see in the marketplace; my eternal optimism flame flickers in the hope more people will continue with their positive contributions in the area.
Ken Wood
People Specialist & Interventionist
Baby Boomer aged 62 years