How Your Workplace Can Benefit from Ditching Generational Stereotypes
Stereotypes about younger workers are wrong, argues Jessica Kriegel—and they’re hurting our economy. In her book Unfairly Labeled and columns for Forbes, she debunks the most problematic myths about millennial and multi-generational workforces. Offering tips for managing workers of all ages, Kriegel’s revealing talks help foster work cultures with less bias, better communication, and happier employees.
Jessica Kriegel is the author of Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit from Ditching Generational Stereotypes—a book that tackles intergenerational dynamics head-on and rejects viewing employees through a generational lens. Kriegel works as an Organizational Development Consultant for Oracle Corporation, where she acts as an adviser and strategist in matters of organizational development, change management, and talent development. She is also a regular to contributor to Forbes.
“It’s a must read for anyone tired of playing the generational differences game and serious about developing leaders and creating a culture of collaboration.”— Dr. Salvatore Falletta, Drexel University
Kriegel was awarded the Association of Talent Development “One to Watch” Award, Training magazine’s “Emerging Training Leaders Award,” and made Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She sits on the board of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, the Sacramento Chapter of Street Soccer, USA and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Alumni Association. She has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a specialization in Human Resources Development from Drexel University.
As more baby boomer employees are retiring, more millennials are joining the workplace (and with 80 million people born between 1982 and 2000 in the US alone, that’s a major shift). Millennials have been the focus of countless books, blogs, and speaking engagements, each purporting to offer a guide on how to manage, recruit, and connect with this new generation.
However, Jessica Kriegel argues, most of our information is incorrect and misguided by stereotypes. Misconceptions about millennial attitudes and behavior are not only negatively impacting their chances of being hired, but can cost organizations talented employees. In this eye-opening and highly customizable keynote, Kriegel illustrates the most harmful and unfair myths about millennials affecting their role in the workplace—and politics. She offers tips for millennials struggling to distinguish themselves in a world of stereotypes. She gives advice to managers and CEOs on how to lead millennial workforces (are they really all digital natives?). And, with rare clarity and insight, she provides suggestions to HR executives tasked with developing new engagement models to take into account shifts between baby boomers and younger workers.