Workforce Development

Training Solutions for All Generations in the Workforce

Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

Harvard Business Review
What Really Motivates Workers in Their 20s by Jeffrey Arnett
As we all know, young workers are a contemptible bunch. They’re “lazy,” and lack the admirable work ethic of their elders. They have an overblown sense of entitlement, believing they have some kind of right to walk right into a plum job in their early twenties rather than working their way up. They might even be a generation of narcissists, a consequence of their over-indulgent helicopter parents and a culture that favors giving every kid on the soccer team a trophy just for showing up. Actually, like many things “we all know,” these nasty stereotypes disintegrate quickly when exposed to the harsh light of research evidence. For the past 20 years I have been studying 18- to 29-year-olds, a stage of life I call “emerging adulthood.” I coined this term to help people recognize that young people grow up later than they did in the past, in terms of entering adult commitments such as stable work, marriage, and parenthood. The rise of emerging adulthood does not mean that young people today are defective, only that it takes longer to prepare for the workplace than it did before and that they (wisely) want to enjoy a brief period of freedom before settling into adult responsibilities.

CLO
Look to Gen X for Leadership by David Tighe
With all the hoopla over how to integrate millennials into the workforce and the angst over what to do about retaining the institutional knowledge of retiring baby boomers, Generation X has been all but forgotten. It sits between these two large generational cohorts like a “lost generation” and gets no love. This is a big mistake because the people who will be the movers and shakers over the next 10 years are members of Gen X. They are the people taking the management reins from retiring baby boomers, the ones who have to manage onboarding for millennials. Because few organizations seem to make it a priority, developing this generation for leadership is a huge competitive advantage.

Training Zone
Training in a Smartphone Society by Sponge UK
Ofcom have released their communications market report for 2015. Many of the headlines focus on the mobile taking over from the laptop as the most popular way to get online.What does it mean for training? Your staff’s favourite way of getting on line is their phone and they would be very upset if you took it away from them. It’s something you might have seen coming for the last few years, but Ofcom’s report makes it completely clear. If you want to engage with your staff in the most effective way you need to think mobile. Here are some practical tips to make sure your smartphone learners are getting the best out of your training.

Training Magazine
Virtually There: Gamifying your Virtual Classroom by Jennifer Hofmann
The idea of using games in training is not new. The “Games Trainers Play” series by Edward Scannell and John Newstrom lists more than 400 activities in 12 categories, from ice-breakers to creative problem solving to teambuilding. These types of activities are used to motivate learners, review concepts, and create energy during the delivery of otherwise dry content. Clearly, games are popular with many trainers. However, they have not always enjoyed the same popularity with learners—many people hear words such as “games,” “ice-breakers,” and “small group activities” and internally moan. Games, to some, don’t seem like a valuable use of time. Instead of trying to motive them or energize them, they would prefer to spend their time LEARNINGsomething.

Training Industry
Tapping Into your Millennial Power by Jon Mertz
The shift has happened. More than one-in-three U.S. workers are millennials, surpassing Generation X, according to the Pew Research Center. With 53.5 million millennials in the workplace now, a new majority is quickly emerging and the time is here to tap into this power. Organizations have a dual responsibility. Fostering millennial talent is a must, as is unleashing a refreshed mindset to take your business to the next level of performance and relevance. To make this shift requires a renewed mindset. Start with a millennial mindset.

 

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