Why We Need To Stop Thinking It’s OK To Bash Millennials – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Author Jennifer FitzPatrick and her husband Sean (Generation X) and Jen’s fabulous Millennial cousins and their Millennial significant others.

Can you imagine bashing someone of another race, religion or sexual orientation at work?  I sure hope not.  So why do some organizations sit by and allow their employees to bash persons based on their age?

Recently a team of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers told me about a “problem employee” in their workplace.  They went on to describe this employee’s behavior as unprofessional, overly emotional, reactive, and self-centered.  When they offered examples to support these claims, I couldn’t help but agree that they certainly had a problem on their hands.  But I was floored when one member of this team said, “You know, he’s the typical Millennial.”  And then her boss nodded in agreement.

Huh?

The behavior the team described was certainly concerning.  Frankly, it sounded to me like the employee likely had traits consistent with an untreated personality disorder.  But typical of a Millennial?  No.

Millennials are simply a generation.  Sure, as a demographic they may seek work-life balance, telecommuting options and change jobs more frequently than other generations.  But they are most certainly not known to be destructive in the workplace.

If your organization is age-stereotyping—or worse, generation-bashing, what steps can you take today to be more inclusive?  Better understanding generations at work offers many benefits including increased productivity, profits and morale.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Facebook Changed Their Leave Policy. Should You? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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One of the biggest challenges facing workplaces today is the increasing number of employees caring for a sick and/or older loved one.  According to Gallup, 1 of every 6 employees is a caregiver. And it’s not just the older employees, as many people assume.  According to AARP, about 25% of all caregivers are Millennials.

Many studies have suggested that stressed-out caregivers have more health & mental health problems as well as increased mortality rates.  In response to this issue, savvy organizations, like Facebook, are offering paid leave to take care of sick loved ones.  Employers win because they get to keep good employees, and they prevent resignations and premature retirement.  Organizations may also be able to reduce insurance premiums.  Further, organizations typically enjoy increased loyalty from the working caregiver employee who takes advantage of the policy.

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) requires most United States organizations to offer 12 weeks of unpaid leave to caregivers.  But Facebook’s step in offering 6 weeks of paid leave demonstrates a sincere attempt to go the extra mile to support an employee going through a tough personal situation.  Should your organization follow suit?

Click below to learn more about Facebook’s new leave policies:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2017/02/08/facebooks-new-paid-leave-policy-isnt-just-for-moms-and-dads/?utm_term=.256a92a433fe

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Are You Generationally Sensitive To The Senior Living Buyer? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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The generation in which we are raised impacts how we see the world, communicate and make purchasing decisions. For a very long time, senior living marketing and sales staff have focused their efforts on impressing our oldest generations: the Traditionalists and Baby Boomers.

As a senior living marketing or salesperson, are you aware that more Millennials are caregiving than ever before?  AARP reports that about 25% of all caregivers are currently of the Millennial generation.  What have you done to gain better insight into the minds of these younger adult child shoppers of senior living? The features and benefits that appeal to Baby Boomers and their parents may be perceived very differently by Generation X and Millennials.

What values are common for Generation X and Millennials? What is most important to them?  What are their expectations? With the changing senior living landscape, understanding how to shift strategies when working with buyers of different age groups is essential.   How are you keeping current?  Jenerations can help you better understand senior living shoppers of different generations; please click here for more information: http://jenerationshealth.com/keynotes/

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Why Sensitivity to Diversity Needs to Include Generational Awareness – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Age diversity in today’s workplace is a reality that many of us find uncomfortable.

If you are a Baby Boomer, you may find yourself complaining about younger colleagues who insist on texting you when you prefer to talk the issue out.  If you are a Millennial you may be tired of the older generations at work underestimating you, their constant need to meet in person and their reluctance to embrace working from home.  We have more age diversity in the workplace than ever before. Lots of people in their seventies and even eighties (Traditionalists) are still employed; some because they enjoy their jobs while others can’t afford to retire quite yet.  But mostly we have a mix of Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers dominating the workforce.  Generation Y, the generation younger than Millennials, have just begun their careers.

People are often more comfortable relating to and working with those who are similar. But welcoming age diversity offers us access to different opinions, new problem-solving techniques and perspectives we may never before have considered.  Since most organizations also serve persons of different age groups, embracing age diversity in our colleagues will help us understand and meet the needs our customers, clients and patients better.

If you need help with understanding and embracing age diversity in your organization, check out Jennifer FitzPatrick’s workshop and keynote programs focused on generational awareness:  http://jenerationshealth.com/keynotes/.  We’d love to work with you!

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Ronda Rousey’s Suicidal Thoughts: How They Apply To All Generations

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29-year old Ronda Rousey, the previously undefeated UFC bantamweight champion, recently shared how devastated she was over the loss of her title to Holly Holm. Her disclosing that she had suicidal thoughts after this defeat struck many as outrageous. Recently I overheard a conversation about it… “She’s rich and famous and she’s suicidal? Ridiculous! She has so much to live for!” But sadly that’s not the way Rousey saw it.

All generations can apply lessons from Rousey’s reveal:

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