Like it or not, we are adults who have grown up into a world which is objectively unfair. We could go into the reasons why -- like the deregulation of corporate shenanigans which crashed our economy and rapes our ecosystem, or the wild inflation of tuition that's buried us in debt. It must be a struggle, having to listen to scary words you don't like from little people you don't respect.
More than ever we need to have multi-generational leadership in our governments, public services and in the non- profit and for- profit sectors. Each of the generations has something to offer and learn from each other. We are in an interesting place in our history where information is widely accessible through the Internet and all of its data sources.
As digital natives, our adaptability to change is far superior than generations past. We swiftly adapt from VHS to DVDs and record players to cassettes to CDs and MP3s. We know what a floppy disk is yet can operate our digital lifestyle almost exclusively on Cloud. Our potential is limitless and our ambition is uncapped. We are pretty brilliant.
Are micro units, small condos and bachelor suites the way of the future; able to douse our city's precariously overheated housing market in a cool shower of affordable, convenient rental units? It seems the question is still up for debate here in the third least affordable housing market on the globe.
Young people are inheriting this world and we need to have a place at the table in discussing its future. We need systems that work for us, not just the generations before us. Policy makers, politicians, and other influencers have not generally reflected age diversity (or any diversity, let's be real).
His work with Boston Pizza has been seen worldwide -- with memorable campaigns like the Pizza Game Changers (which showcased prototypes for 8 Boston Pizza innovations) and The Trophy Model spots. But it's his innovative, creative and "outside the pizza box" marketing style that have helped him stand out from the crowd.
Self proclaimed "fairy beer mother" Kendra is the community manager of one of the fastest growing companies in Toronto -- Steam Whistle. She's responsible for producing the excellent online content that comes out of the brewery and is the voice behind the hugely popular social media accounts. I sat down with her and asked for more details about her dream job.
Millennials are particularly sensitive to recognition, as only 40 per cent of millennials are happy with the rewards and recognition their company offers. The same survey found that while 50 per cent of millennial employees crave recognition, just 32 per cent say their company offers a recognition program.
Shannon is a CFP, a CIM and the founder of the New School of Finance. What does that all mean? She's a total trailblazer in the Canadian financial planning industry; winner of Flare's 30 Under 30 and Notable's 2014 Best In Finance. She is taking the stuffiness and jargon out of finance. Her focus is helping fellow millennials understand and manage their money and prepare for the future.
With millennials expected to take over 75 per cent of the workforce by 2025, they bring with them new ideas and principles replacing the workhorse mentality that marked the professional generation before them. One of the biggest motivators for this "experiential generation" is travel. No longer seen as an exclusive domain of the C-suite, travel has become a regular fixture in job descriptions and perks catered towards this younger cohort of executives.
As the end of the year comes to a close, industry leaders are already preparing for what's next and refining their 2016 strategies to stay on top of the market. With baby boomers retiring and millennials being the most studied generation to date, market leaders can gain insight from the next generation, Generation Z.
Whether you like it or not, millennials are the largest generation in the Canadian workforce. Simply put, we are the future of your business. So why not skip the nasty nicknames and let's figure out how we can all work together to help your company continue on -- and maybe even grow -- after you've retired.
Technology is not a nice-to-have for the millennial generation; it's a deal breaker. And considering that by 2030 75 per cent of the workforce will be millennials, it's something to take seriously. Millennials' technology expectations, coupled by their social media, mobile computing and app usage, are spreading into the workplace.