Multigenerational Mix

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We know now that Millennials make up the majority of the workforce. But what about the upcoming generation?

Your coworkers, team members, and employees are likely to be a part of Generation Z very soon. In their own words, those born between 1995-2000 are more diverse than any previous generation- and they are pushing the limits of identity.

Why do we care?

It’s important to learn about the other generations in the workplace. After all, lack of inter-generational cohesion is one of the leading business risk factors, according to the participants of this study.

What do we do?

Understand each other and adapt to our unique styles. If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, take a look at these tips. If you’re younger, you have to flex too! Check out these things you can learn from older generations.

Some of these lists might seem silly or simple, but they remind us to do something important: Respect each other.

What have you learned from a coworker in another generation?

April showers bring May... bookings?

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Let's say a customer calls and wants to book an appointment. You check and discover the first appointment available is in May. Do you say:

  1. “Yikes, there is nothing until May, you should have called earlier!”

  2. “I've checked and there is nothing until May.”

  3. “Good news! I've got openings in May, do you prefer mornings or afternoons?”

Sometimes in our effort to be realistic, we come across as negative.  Aim for positive!

How? Do something to get in the right frame of mind before picking up the phone. Write a pump up post-it for yourself, have a picture of your dog on your desk, or just smile big. You got this!

The Platinum Rule

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We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

But following the Bucket mindset, there is a new rule that’s even better for supporting others. Here’s the platinum rule:

Treat others the way they want to be treated.

Some prefer detailed feedback, a daily check in, or public recognition to feel respected and valued as a part of the team. Reframing this common mindset allows us to figure out our team’s preferences and flex for them.

Put the right drop in their bucket today!

Wait! There's One More Bucket

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The last Bucket you need to keep full is Family

Maybe it’s…

  • A call to your parents (Hey Hunter, call your mom!)

  • Dinner with Dad

  • Shopping with your sister

  • Board games with Grammy

  • Or like Angela, maybe it’s a Zoom virtual meeting every Sunday night with your family across the country

Filling your family, spiritual, health, and intellectual buckets feels good and will help you do good.

What is it for you?  Identify it and make it happen.  

Fill ‘em up!

More Bucket Filling

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Last week we introduced the idea of filling all of the buckets we all have through daily actions.

Let’s tackle your health bucket:

  • Do some foods make you feel better? (Yes, Karen, eat your veggies!)

  • For others, exercise is an important bucket to fill that helps them feel happy and healthy. Hello Soul Cycle, more dog walks, Zumba, and Karate! 

Identify those things that make you feel good and be sure to do them.

When we get busy is the time we need our bucket filling activities more than ever. 

Ex: If you normally work out, then don’t for a week because you don’t have time, be sure to make time soon to get back into the groove.   

At Team Ward Certified, we have a little healthy competition through our Fitbit app!

Smile, Breathe, and Rock On.

What Buckets do you have?

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Last week we introduced the idea of filling the buckets we all have through daily actions. But did you know that we all carry around multiple buckets to begin with?

For some, the buckets are intellectual and are filled by stimulating conversations about a topic that’s important to them.

What do you do to fill your intellectual bucket?

  • Read a book

  • Learn a new language – Me encanta Duolingo

  • Watch a documentary on a topic that interests you

  • Listen to a podcast that keeps you guessing

  • Try to help your kids with their Algebra

Pick one and try it this month.  See if filling your intellectual bucket has a ripple effect in the rest of your life.