UCLA’s Spring Protests: Does Free Speech Mean Free Reign in a Respectful Society?

By |2024-06-27T14:43:17-04:00May 23rd, 2024|Categories: Respect Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In the spring of 2020, my senior year of high school was upended entirely by the COVID-19 pandemic. As I’m sure many remember, nobody knew during those first few days just how long we’d be stuck away from public spaces. A quick two-week break turned into three, then five weeks, then a year, and so on. We slowly returned to normal, but not until my entire graduating class had missed the chance for any kind of meaningful commencement ceremony.

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How to Breathe in the Eye of the Storm: Mindfulness Through the Gen Z Lens

By |2024-06-27T14:43:34-04:00May 1st, 2024|Categories: Change Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For a period of about a week last spring, I thought that my entire life was falling apart. A particularly challenging organic chemistry final was mere days away, and the studying was starting to burn me out. Add a large dose of normal college FOMO, romantic woes, worries about the geopolitical state of the world at large and my brain all but quit on me.

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Gen U – Generation Unretired – Humanizes The Workplace

By |2019-06-18T21:42:01-04:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , , |

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the “unretired” – seniors who are returning to the workforce in droves for economic or personal reasons. I call this formidable group “Gen U™” because they represent an astounding number of people who have a completely different mindset from that of prior retired generations. Thankfully, smart companies are beginning to embrace their value, wisdom and experience.

Passing the torch

By |2017-01-13T13:41:44-05:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

All parents, in some way or another, leave indelible marks on the world views that their children develop and bring into adulthood. In some cases, these marks are from strong, admirable qualities that we try to emulate ourselves because of the positive outcomes that resulted. In other cases, the marks come from behaviors that we observed causing damage to others or even themselves. In these situations, we make mental notes and likely try our best to do the opposite as we grow up. Most times, it was combination of both. Such was the case with my father.

The Best of Respectful Workplace: Generations

By |2017-01-13T13:41:49-05:00October 13th, 2015|Categories: Best of our Blog, Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

With up to five generations currently in the workforce, each group brings their own set of attitudes and values based on their generation’s experience. Such large differences can often cause conflict, especially in the workplace. On the other hand, these differences can also lead to positive relationships, such as older workers mentoring younger colleagues. The following collection of posts from our blog provide insight into how to successfully manage the multiple generations currently working together in today's workforce.

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Employee engagement for millennials: three things you should know

By |2019-06-18T21:37:15-04:00August 18th, 2015|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

There’s no shortage of opinions on Millennials, but let’s start with a fact: They will outnumber Baby Boomers in the workforce by 2015. You read that right. This generation, born between 1980 and 2000, will also make up 75% of employees by 2025. Because it’s clearly time for leaders to learn how to engage Millennials, here are three things to keep in mind.

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Mom Always Said, “Respect Your Elders”

By |2017-01-13T13:42:06-05:00March 14th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

If we are lucky, it is going to happen to every one of us…. Aging! Not only will we age in calendar years but our bodies and minds will age in physical years despite our best efforts. Along with these changes come the way people react to us. They will begin to treat us differently… [...]

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Don’t Take That Tone With Me: Closing the Communication Gap

By |2017-01-13T13:42:06-05:00January 10th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Respectful communication in the workplace is very much influenced by how the generations have encountered personal life experiences. Older employees are well accustomed to communication that consisted of sit down, face-to-face type communication with lots of eye-contact, always looking for and reading non-verbal cues (body language), and empathic listening. However, this style of communication may be a struggle for younger management teams due to their dependence on technology based interactions. So how do we overcome this generational communication gap and find ways to overcome the differences in communication styles?

Respect Your Elders

By |2017-01-13T13:42:07-05:00December 20th, 2012|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

There was an article in a local newspaper today about senior citizens and how they are an “unexploited reservoir of human resources.” A recent study put out by a well known Marketing Institute reported that close to 70% of our senior population is eager to be employed and that if all eligible seniors were working, [...]

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2 Steps to Keeping Your Millennial Employees

By |2019-06-18T21:46:51-04:00November 8th, 2012|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

It’s commonly referenced that as a millennial I will have 5-7 careers in my lifetime. These reports on millennials in the workplace state that we are willing to leave a career - substantial salary and all - simply for the pursuit of something more engaging and fulfilling. Millennial career hopping does not necessarily have to be the case especially if organizations continue to change the way they manage their workforce.

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