Pop goes the workplace: The rise of flash organizations

Pop goes the workplace: The rise of flash organizations

Posted On July 28, 2017

You know all about startups. But have you heard about pop-ups? In an economy where layoffs and job insecurity are becoming the norm and employers are trying to do more with less, pop-up employment or “flash organizations” may be an emerging trend in certain industries. Flash organizations are loosely knit teams of freelancers, often who have not even met each other, assembled to work on a single, complex project and disbanded when the job is done. Citing a pair of Stanford University professors who have studied the phenomenon – and who coined the term “flash organizations” — the New York… Read More

Categories: Workplace

That Girl Can Code!

Posted On July 24, 2017

Women have made a lot of gains in the workplace, and many of those gains have been accomplished or expanded upon by millennials. Computing and the tech industry remain largely male-dominated fields, however. According to National Center for Women and Information Technology, only 26 percent of computing jobs in the 2016 U.S. workforce were held by women – this despite the fact that women filled 57 percent of all professional occupations in the U.S. Widen the scope to the tech industry as a whole, and the number isn’t much better – only 30 percent, according to CNET’s Roger Cheng. And… Read More

Categories: Generation Y / Millennials, Women, Work, Workplace

Do millennials have us motoring to a sharing economy?

Posted On July 12, 2017

How important is your car? Most of us would say, “very.” We are a nation that loves the freedom of private automobiles. It may surprise you, then, to hear that 30 percent of millennials who responded in a Goldman Sachs survey had no plans to buy a car. Another 25 percent said that while a car was important, buying one was not a priority. This particular section of the survey appears to have focused on Goldman Sachs interns, so we can assume many of them were in New York, where having a car is not a priority for many, many… Read More

Categories: Automotive, Generation Y / Millennials, Product Design

Preparing millennials for the grind: Not everyone gets a trophy in college football, or the working world

Posted On July 11, 2017

College football coaches find inspiration and motivational tips in a variety of places, from generals to CEOs to children battling cancer. It doesn’t matter where the lesson comes from, only that it is powerful enough to have an effect on a group of 18- to 23-year-old men who spend most of their time in the fall running into each other. One coach, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, found inspiration from a motivational speaker and marketing consultant named Simon Sinek. But this inspiration wasn’t for his team, it was for himself and his fellow coaches. According to FootballScoop.com’s Doug Samuels, Dantonio recently… Read More

Categories: Generation Y / Millennials, Workplace

Leading Multi-Generational Teams

Posted On July 6, 2017

If I mention the term “Generation X,” what’s the first word that pops in your mind? Is it “slackers?” When you think of millennials, do you automatically think of someone who has a feeling of entitlement, who is likely to leave a job at the drop of a hat if it doesn’t match their preconceived ideal? While both of these impressions are prevalent and pervasive, neither is particularly accurate. Research shows, however, that no generation more than Gen-X is willing to take their own future into their hands and “pull themselves up by their bootstraps,” if you will, without relying… Read More

Categories: Work, Workplace

Micro-Generation? “Xennials?”

Posted On July 3, 2017

Ever felt like you didn’t fit within your generation? Or maybe that you fit in parts of more than one? If you were born between 1977 and 1983, an Australian sociology professor believes you’re right. Dan Woodman, an associate sociology professor at the University of Melbourne, believes people born during that time frame don’t fit neatly into either Generation X or millennials. They are instead, he says, a micro-generation all their own – one that he calls Xennials. Woodman, who was born in 1980 and is part of this micro-generation, described it to Australian lifestyle site MamaMia.com as a mix… Read More

Categories: Generation X, Generation Y / Millennials, Generations