SXSW Interactive is one of my favorite conferences. It brings together people from every area of technology. For the past few years I, along with my colleague Betsy Flanagan, have been speaking about Millennials, also called GenY. Working as a summer camp director for the last twenty years, I have seen this generation grow from camper to staff member, and with them, a new set of expectations and demands in the workplace. Camp has always been a place where we train up a new generation of workers. Summer is often a young person’s first place of employment.
Camp gives a young workers the first opportunity to deal with incredible risk, being responsible for other people’s children. The workplace is where individuals first learned to act outside of the family. It is where they learn how to recover from mistakes, apply life skills, and learn how to problem solve.
Two sessions I am involved with this year at SXSW are listed below. If you are there, please stop by and say hello. Seating at Sunday’s session is described as “campfire” so bring your marshmallows and S’mores.
Millennials Speak Out: How to Manage the GenX Boss
Monday, March 11 – 11:00AM -12:00PM
Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom
Betsy Flanagan, John O’Loughlin, Luke Davids, Amy Mixa
Millennials are described as having a sense of entitlement, needing constant praise, and lacking in the work ethic found in the generations that came before. Research shows that Millennials are confident, interested in development, and have a quick ability to learn new technology. Hear from a multi-generational panel and learn what skills are necessary to bridge these generational differences.
If you attended the session please complete the evaluation: http://sxsw.tv/ctm
Praise & A’s: Maximizing a Millennial Workforce
Sunday, March 10 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Courtyard Marriott, Brazos
Jennifer Selke & Tim Street
By 2014, Millennials will make up 36% of the workforce. This new group of workers brings a new set of expectations and demands. They grew up with constant awards, minimal free-range play, and were included in decision making discussions with adults. This combination has created a workforce in need of a new supervisor. Learn elements needed to attract, focus, and keep the most talented employees.
If you attended the session please complete the evaluation: http://sxsw.tv/d4r