Today you have what I call the gray ceiling– an entire generation of 40-somethings unable to move up because Baby Boomers aren’t moving out.
Lancaster, PA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012
In 1999, Ira S. Wolfe, president of Success Performance Solutions, forecast what he called The Perfect Labor Storm, a convergence of demographic, technologic, and economic trends that would create significant shortages of skilled workers. A few years later, he forecast a significant challenge for employers in managing what he refers to in his book Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization as "the unprecedented convergence of the wired, the tired, and technology." Both forecasts hit the bull's eye.
“For the first time in history, the workplace is filled with workers from four generations,” says Wolfe. “Each generation brings a different worldview and set of values. Managing two or three generations in the past was challenging enough. Managing four – well that’s well beyond the abilities and patience of many managers and current human resources infrastructure of most companies.”
The different lifestyles, divergent attitudes and various approaches to work only scratch the surface of why many companies are suffering from “generational fatigue,” according to Wolfe.
“In the past there was an orderly progression of older workers out of the workplace as a new generation arrived,” Wolfe adds. “Today you have what I call the Gray Ceiling– an entire generation of 40-somethings unable to move up because Baby Boomers aren’t moving out. And because they can’t get promoted, there is no room for the Millennials to begin their careers. Add technology and social media to the mix, and organizations have an impending crisis in the making.”
Wolfe published Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization in 2009, a book described by some as "ahead of its time." The book is an easy read and offers practical, easy to implement solutions for managers of every size organization. The book begins with information and practical descriptions of each of the generations, followed by examples of generational conflicts that every manager (and parent) experiences – from dress code, to education and diversity. Wolfe ends the book with several chapters of recommendations for recruiting, managing, and training a multi-generational workforce.
Wolfe, a popular speaker at conferences and business meetings, is also the author of several other books including Perfect Labor Storm 2.0 and Understanding Business Values and Motivators. In addition to his keynotes and workshops on closing generation gaps, he speaks and blogs extensively about the future of the workplace as well as best recruiting and hiring practices. He is currently scheduling media interviews as well as keynotes and other presentations for the fall of 2012 and 2013.
Geeks, Geezers, Googlization was just released for the Kindle. It is also available in hard cover and soft cover on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from Success Performance Solutions (http://www.super-solutions.com).