You have probably heard somewhere and at some time that the population of America is aging rapidly. Amazingly, almost 21 people will turn 65 by the time you finish reading this (assuming it takes you 3 minutes), translating into 10,000 people every day! This phenomenon, which has been occurring since January 2011 and will continue for the next 20 years, has a wide spread influence on design and construction – not just to those of us in the Senior Living design sector, but designers of all building types. READ MORE
It seems like each day I stumble onto an article, blog post, or special report about the Generational gap in the workplace. It starts out productive for all points of view : how Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials can work together… and then it takes a sharp turn and becomes a tutorial for dealing with young people. Typically, these how-to’s are sugarcoated in lots of “compli-sults” (insults shrouded in a faux / weak compliment, e.g. “stuck in their cell phones, but great with technology!”), and generalizations about one of the most diverse generational ranges in history : 1981-2000 covers a lot of ground. Think about that : right now, Millennials range from 14 to 33 years old. Some of us are divorced parents by now, and some can’t even drive. When the recession hit, we were somewhere between 8 and 27.
As a response to these seminars (often lasting several hours) and dime-a-dozen lessons, I’d like to turn the tables for one moment and look at it from the other side of the equation. As a Millennial, how do you deal with Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers in the workplace?
Recently I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Little’s project at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. This is my favorite part of any project – it’s a chance to celebrate a new beginning for the University, but more importantly, it’s a chance to watch the excitement of the faculty and students as they settle in to a new home. Yes, there is certainly pomp and circumstance … it is a unique and deserved moment to recognize those primarily responsible for the accomplishment. READ MORE
Gen X. Baby Boomers. The Silent Generation. And Gen Y aka Millennials aka Digital Natives. Four generations in the workplace. It’s a topic we’ve all heard about, especially all the data, surveys, and trends. But what do we do with all that data? What is it telling us? What adjustments do we need to make in how we communicate? Thanks to Building Design + Construction Magazine, I recently had the chance to explore this topic with 50 other A/E/C industry leaders.
My iPhone alarm goes off. I open one eye to turn it off. While still waking up and still horizontal (portrait orientation-lock changed my life), I repeat this ritual: scan my email, a semi-conscious cyclopian student of retail. With zero filters to block the flow of information from directly flooding my neocortex, I thumb through a half dozen retail industry news feeds that say the same thing: Online, Ecomm, Social Media, Big Data…. blah, blah, blah…zzzz. Hit the snooze button for nine more. READ MORE
It’s official, summer is over – SCHOOL IS NOW IN SESSION. As I dropped my kids off in carpool this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder how chaotic households across the nation were coping with the traditions (and stress) of this eventful day. The obligatory pictures of the kids decked out with new backpacks and shockingly bright sneakers, the last minute panic that some important notebook was somehow forgotten, and yes … the ABSURD amount of traffic you have to endure – all of these fears and celebrations are part of the right of passage into another year. If you are like me, it was a bittersweet sendoff today … sorry to see my kids growing another year older, yet simultaneously savoring the chance to have the structure of our family schedules restored. READ MORE
A few of my favorite web sightings. In no particular order.
Co-authored by Elizabeth Unruh
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