My editorial for the June issue of CEP focuses on Millennials. Millennials will soon be the majority of the workforce, bringing with them different strengths and weaknesses, interests, and values from their predecessors.You can read more about this in CEP's June 2018 issue.How has the increase of Millennials in your workplace changed the culture or structure of your company?How do you think collaboration and communication generationally could be improved? Have you or your workplace created any policies, work groups, and/or training to help older and younger staff collaborate?
In the late 1970s, when I first entered the corporate world, we youngsters took a back seat to the 20-year company veterans.
Today, youth is valued over age and experience.
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The companies that I work at and have worked in usually have a young professionals group similar to AIChE's that do activities both in and out of the workplace. On the professional/career side there are numerous chances to take on projects of varying impact, although it usually depends on the company. I've been pretty fortunate to work with some great engineers, coworkers and managers over my relatively short career. There are of course exceptions. The most difficult problems I've encountered are often not technical, rather interacting with other people.Two principles that have served me well are: always be open to new ideas and be willing to listen (comprehend as well).
Well said Nader.