6.09 Preparing Workplaces for the Next Generational Shift: Gen Y Managing Gen Z
Friday, October 9, 2015 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Venue: Colorado Convention Center
Room: Room 401/402

For over a decade, we’ve heard about Millennials (Gen Y) entering the workplace and posing new challenges for their managers. With older Millennials turning 35, many are managers themselves, often using managerial approaches different than those of their predecessors. Over the next decade, they’ll be managing the next generation in the workforce (Gen Z), who's on the cusp of entering the workplace and will have even more evolved attitudes toward technology, information consumption and sharing.

This session highlights the unique managerial approaches of Gen Y and the unique demands that are expected from Gen Z, using survey data and interviews from eight recent projects, as well as insights from high school and university design – where the next generation currently resides. The session also shows how specific workplace practices can enhance Gen Y management approaches and how future workplaces will need to be imagined differently to help them work with Gen Z.

Learning Lab Area:
Leading & Bleeding Edge Learning Lab
Topic Category:
Workplace Evolutionaries
Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Understand the opportunities and challenges that the next generational shift brings to the workplace.
Review the emerging habits and expectations of Gen Y managers and Gen Z staff, and how they differ from those of previous generations.
Learn how workplaces can be optimized to get the most out of Gen Y management practices.
Discover how workplaces can be optimized to attract and foster Gen Z talent.
Levels of Learning
200 level
Teresa Bridges, Associate Vice President, Senior Workplace Strategist, CannonDesign
David Craig, Associate Principal, Cannon Design