Posted August 30, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Revolutionary Idea of Merit Over Age
Valuing workers for their merit rather than their age; is it so revolutionary an idea? Let’s talk about it, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello! I’m your host, Mark Perna, and this is a new week on The Perna Syndicate. With 56 million individuals that make up more than a third of the American workforce, Millennials are a force to be reckoned with. And now, their impact is growing as they step into the shoes of the retiring Baby Boomer generation.
By 2025, Millennials will make up a stunning 75% of the labor force. They’ll fill positions at every level within companies, with many today already moving into senior leadership roles. Last year, Zapier reported that 62% of Millennials in the workforce already have direct reports.
Many Millennial managers are finding themselves leading not just peers and younger workers, but also colleagues from older generations. This can create a challenging dynamic at the best of times—which last year, of course, was not.
As Millennials step into more leadership roles, they’ll bring their personal experience with them—all the stereotypes they had to overcome to prove themselves at work. And I believe they’re going to make some changes based on that experience.
I recently connected with Myles Hunter, CEO at TutorMe, about his experience as a Millennial manager. This week, we’ll talk about his tips to foster a work culture that is less fixated on generational divisions and more focused on, well, work.
In the end, it all boils down to valuing our coworkers based on their merit, not their generation, age, or any other secondary trait. Is that really so revolutionary an idea?
Tomorrow, a multigenerational workforce comes with its challenges, but it also has a tremendous advantage in our fast-changing world. We’ll see you back here then on The Perna Syndicate.