The Other Side of the Generation Gap

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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?

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LaceUp

Co-authored by Elizabeth Unruh

 

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LaceUp connects the initiative of individuals with the firm’s drive toward breakthrough ideas by awarding time and money for targeted exploration. Made up of three different “speeds” – Walk, Sprint, and Marathon – LaceUp mini-grants make available the necessary resources for independently driven ideation, collaboration, and habitual breakthrough thinking. READ MORE

Graphics Can Play a LEED Role

As an environmental graphic designer at a multidisciplinary (but primarily architecture) firm, I’m somewhat outnumbered in my LEED credit contributions on most projects. Sure, there are alternatives to some of the environmentally awful products typically used in graphics, and most typical methods and materials are at least somewhat aware of their impact, but when you’re applying branded graphics and signage to a 9 story building, full of HVAC calculations, sunlight + wind considerations, low-flow this and that, and thousands of tons of concrete, flooring + furniture, is fighting the fight for eco-friendly signage worth the battle? Such is the attitude we’re all forcing ourselves away from. READ MORE

Goldilocks and the Three Firms

Once upon a time, there was a young designer, bright-eyed and new to the working world. She put a portfolio together, sent out a few resumes, bought a very grown-up power suit (the kind grown-ups wear) and went for a few interviews.

Pretty soon, she came upon a job offer and accepted it right away. The firm was verrrry small and felt like home. Everyone knew everyone, and they all wore several hats. But pretty soon, the designer started to ask some questions… READ MORE