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I get by with a little help from my friends

May 8, 2017

Holly Bouffard is our Workforce Ready (WFR) Community Manager. Holly is focused on creating a community for our WFR customers by providing programs that foster education and networking.

By Holly Bouffard

There has been much talk about the millennial mindset. No wonder, as Pew Research estimates that there will be almost 80 million millennials in America by 2028! Being a millennial myself, we are very much a want it now, Instagram absorbed, texting obsessed generation. While I may be harsh on my own generation, the truth is we are a generation that was told that everyone is a winner; and when we come into the workplace, we are flabbergasted that we do not receive a promotion within six months.

I speak critically of my millennial counterparts because I feel I do not fit the generic millennial description, nor do I think my colleagues and friends do. We are very much the grandmothers and grandfathers of the millennial generation. We work hard and know that one must be patient for success.

Over dinner this past week with a good friend, I was reflecting on our college graduation in 2009, which by no means was the best year to start your career. During our commencement speech, we were encouraged to volunteer as the market was just too difficult to get a job. While I didn’t end up volunteering, I did end up interning for a tech PR firm after graduation. This internship experience started me down my path in the tech industry. I knew I had to do this to build my resume as the market stabilized and the opportunities emerged to get a full-time job. I worked hard and persisted to get to the career I wanted.

With both my past and current work experience, I want to help my fellow millennials navigate the workplace, and I am not alone in this endeavor. Our customers want to help their people too.  I was lucky enough to hear of a customer at a conference hosted by the Kronos team in Canada on how they are handling the millennial mindset by having their more tenured staff work with the staff that are early on in their career. In turn, their millennial workforce is helping those who are less digitally savvy to navigate the new rollout of Kronos. I wanted to jump out of my seat and say heck ya, that’s collaboration!

We need to collaborate between generations or within one’s own generation. Whether it be when rolling out a solution like Workforce Ready or navigating the workplace, we can all get by with a little help from our coworkers.

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