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    How Training Toughens Up Employees and Improves Your Brand

    After several years on life support, the American economy is starting to show stirrings of life. But it’s clear that even if unemployment numbers are dropping, we aren’t soon likely to return to our parents’ economy (or our grandparents’, for that matter). Between fierce competition and lightening-fast technology improvements, we’re…

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    Life's a Big Video Game for Gen Y – So Let Them Play!

    The generation of young people now entering the workforce are the first to have spent their entire childhoods surrounded by video games. And it seems they may be bringing some by-products of all that time with controllers in hand with them to their first jobs. In fact, just a few…

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    Has the Recession Permanently Scarred Gen Y?

    Put more than one economist in a room and chances are slim they’ll find much to agree on. However, lately there seems to be a consensus forming among economists that the economy’s trajectory is heading up. That’s great news for struggling young people. But the question still remains how they will recover…

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    Gen Y and Dunning-Kruger: They Don't Know What they Don't Know

    If you aren’t yet familiar with the Dunning-Kruger effect you’re missing out (and if you are, you’re bound to be pleased to be reminded of this old friend). It’s an idea that explains so very many aggravating things in the world of business, and perhaps the world in general. In…

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    No Cash for Raises for Your Gen Y Employees? Try Training Instead, Survey Says

    Gen Y isn’t known for its loyalty. Some studies have indicated that as many as 70 percent of workers in this demographic will leave their first employer within two years of joining. So how can you keep your 20-something talent — aka the “Millennials” — and bring down the costs of high…

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    Gen Y and the Incredible Shrinking Office

    As Boomers gradually retire and your organization hires more young workers, your office may change. The median age will drop, the average wardrobe alter and, with team-happy young people filling the cubicles, the place may be a bit chattier, but these are all relatively cosmetic shifts. Are there any more…

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    Gen Y to HR: Don’t tell us how to learn

    What is the one thing you can be sure your youngest employees straight out of school know how to do? Anecdotal horror stories suggest that sometimes their knowledge of corporate culture isn’t up to snuff. Certainly they won’t be subject matter experts on your firm’s processes and proprietary tech, and…

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    An Alternative for Gen Y Networking-Phobics

    You’ve probably heard of slow food, maybe slow travel or even slow money, but how about slow networking? Networking is ubiquitous in the business world, but it’s still a polarizing term (not sure about this? Just Google ‘hate networking’). For some the term conjures up unpleasant images of sweaty palms,…

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    The Antidote to Gen Y Burnout

    It’s rough out there for recent college grads. With the group experiencing sky-high unemployment and even more rampant underemployment, those lucky few young people with a career track job are probably feeling pretty lucky. And a bit scared. That’s great for employers who are hoping to wring the most out…

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    Gen Y: A Driving Force Behind the Gig Economy?

    When the parents of so-called Gen Y (aka the Millennials) graduated from college or high school, they knew exactly what to do: Get a job. Their employers may have changed periodically as they climbed the proverbially career ladder, but the basic concept that adults had full-time jobs with single employers…

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    The Ultimate Motivator for Gen Y: Big Goals

    Gen Y employees get a bad rap as listless, entitled, attention span challenged and in need of constant praise. But perhaps the problem isn’t with their attitude, but with the way their work has been presented to them. That’s the suggestion of a new post on Big Think, featuring the…

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    Generation Wars: Is Gen Y Anger With Boomers Fair? Useful?

    For as long as there have been generations, there have been clashes between them. After all, Aristophanes was complaining about spoiled, disrespectful children four centuries before Christ. Despite this long history of generational conflict, the current moment seems particularly rich in animosity between the old and the young — at…

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    Gen Y to Pollsters: We Love Training But Not the Traditional Kind

    On the Mindflash blog before we’ve pointed out there’s plenty of evidence for a training crisis in American business, with various experts and surveys bemoaning a “sink or swim” approach to on-boarding new employees.  But is one group in particular especially underserved by current approaches to training? Due to their…

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    Do You Have to Be Downtown to Attract Gen Y Talent?

    You want your company to stay innovative and attract the next generation of customers, so you’re pretty keen to hire the best and brightest 20-somethings. If you’re firm is located in SoHo or San Francisco that shouldn’t be much trouble – the streets are filled with work-hungry members of so-called…

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    Training Gen Y for Today's Open Jobs: Pros and Cons

    Recommendations on how to train workers for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow differ hugely. Is focusing on current skills gaps short-sighted? Starting their careers in a recession, Gen Y has had their book learning supplemented by real-world lessons in economic uncertainty and job instability. Graduating from…

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