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AGE MATTERS

“I don’t want to be coached by my mother.” How might generational differences have an impact on coach supervision? Peter Duffell and Natalia de Estevan-Ubeda report   Generational differences are becoming increasingly relevant across society. Our research examines which differences are prevalent, and how they may show up in coach supervision.   Research To help us frame our initial enquiry, we reviewed the literature on generational characterisations and differences in the workplace. We looked at three areas: What characterises the different generations, including cultural values, organisational behaviours, communication and workstyle preferences, and each generation’s relationship with technology (Birkman, 2016) How […]

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MILLENNIALS VALUE LEARNING IN CAREERS, STUDY FINDS

Millennials are seeking multi-disciplined, diverse careers centring on learning and self-improvement. Motivations for accepting jobs differ between generations – 88% of over-55s cite salary as their top priority compared to 67% of millennials, according to a poll of more than 2,000 UK workers by recruitment technology platform, Tempo. Tempo’s research found that two-thirds of under-35s (64%) want to move sectors, compared to just 39% of those aged 35-55. Millennials are more likely to have lots of jobs – the findings highlight once again that the jobs for life era is well and truly over. Some 28% of millennials have clocked […]

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MILLENNIALS AT WORK

Millennials will form half of the global workforce by 2020. Understanding how to engage them is a must, but many employers are missing a trick when it comes to doing so through coaching and mentoring, suggests research. Carola Hieker and Harshada Topale report   Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000, will form 50% of the global workforce by 2020 and therefore shape the workplace for years to come (PwC, 2012). It’s vital then, that organisations ensure they accommodate millennials’ desires and needs. A study by Richmond, the American International University in London, asked HR professionals how they’re accommodating […]

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REFLECTIONS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

When Gen X coaches met Gen Z students to express assumptions, they found more similarities than differences. Surely our humanity needs to come first? by Lindsay Wittenberg There were some significant differences in the session I ran at the Coaching at Work conference on 4 July. Perhaps most obvious was that the session featured 11 female guests. Nine were students aged 16 or 17 from Rosebery School in Surrey, UK, two attended in their capacity as these students’ teachers, all had had some training in coaching. Both teachers stood out from the norm. One, Victoria Niroomand-Rad, has created and implemented Student […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: GEN Y & Z ‘LACK INDEPENDENCE’

Members of newer generations are not the independent, innovative creatures many think they are – they need more support, stability, structure and inclusion than previous generations, according to a large-scale European study. “We assume for no reason that they [Gen Y and Z] are the bright young things. Organisations expect people to be more agile and innovative, but people want less of this,” said David Ringwood, vice president of client development, EMEA, Management Research Group, which conducted the study. The study was carried out among nearly 9,000 individuals in Europe, examining differences in motivation between four generations: Baby Boomers, Gen […]

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MENTORING: GROWING UP WITH THE INTERNET

In our latest column on mentoring, Lis Merrick explores successful practice in mentoring for Millennials   By 2020 half the working population globally will come from the generation born between 1980 and 2000, so it’s really important to consider generational differences when designing mentoring programmes. Mentoring someone from the Millennial generation (also known as Generation Y) is not textbook developmental mentoring as we know it. Preparing mentors to understand Millennials’ quite different career and value expectations and helping Millennial mentees to get the most from a Generation X (1965-76) or Baby Boomer (1946-64) mentor can be really helpful. Millennials have […]

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Millennials have great expectations

‘Millennials’ (those aged between 18 and 31) are the most ambitious generation- they seek more than money from their jobs, placing more importance on career development, mentoring, and workplace benefits, suggests a study of more than 5,000 workers.

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