Tomorrow’s the SD Worx (ex Ceridian) conference in London’s posh Hilton Hotel. I’ve gone for the last few years as it gives great insights into what’s going on in Reward and HR (which isn’t pension). It’s like jumping out of the hot tub into glacial waters – a pleasant shock!
It’s literally a cast of thousand so I felt chuffed to be drafted in to talk on behalf of the baby-boomers in an inter-generational session that lines me up beside
- Pip , School Student (Generation 2020)
- Leanne, Manager from Odeon (Generation 2020)
- Rebecca from Costain (Millennials)
- Vickey , from WH Smith (Gen X)
- Me , Pension PlayPen (Boomers) and
- Stuart from Corporate Research Forum (Traditionalist)
So you can see the male pale grey and stale are going to be up against a diverse crew from the monstrous regiment!
This is my first time representing the boomers, should I put on my Dick Dastardly cap and a long , well oiled moustache? Should Stuart ham it up like the dotty pedant on “up all night”. Should we try to compete with the youngsters – patronise them – or sit in awe of their dynamism?
Our session’s being hosted by a pretty sprightly millennial – Naga Munchetty. I suspect an ambush.
Here are the questions we’ve been asked to think about..
- What do you notice about working with different generations? If so, what are they?
- Do you think that business encourages different generations to work together?
- Do you have any examples in your own orgs where you think your company have specifically supported or communicated to you because of you age?
- Is working in a multigenerational workplace similar to working with your parents?
- What do you think of the GIG economy and does that have an impact on work? More or less loyalty to a long term employer?
- What motivates each generation? Are the drivers different? Employer ethics? Opportunity paths?
It’s shocking that I’ve never asked myself these questions before!
Well you don’t – do you? Unless you are in HR and Reward that is. I’m sure there are loads of academic tomes on these subjects. I reckon that 90% of the people in the audience will know the answers, so I’m not reading the books.
Having had to “appear expert” at various functions, I’m looking forward to playing the daft wee laddie, at this – no matter how stupid it makes me look.
If you have an interest in these things and are free tomorrow, please drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. It looks like our session is going to be one of the popular ones but looking at the program for the rest of the day, I’d be sorry to miss anything!
SDworx say I can invite a few guests of my own, so please give me a shout if you’d like to be involved. It promises to be a really good say.
|09:30||Doors to the grand ballroom close for the opening dance act|
|09:36||Conference starts with Doug Sawers, MD and Steven Van Hoorebeke, CEO|
|10:15||Main Panel Discussion (45 mins)|
|11:30||Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, motivational speaker|
|13:15||Various sessions; International Legislation, UK Legislation and HRD panel discussion|
|14:55||Various sessions; International product, UK product, multigenerational panel discussion|
|16:25||Conference close and after-party!|
And for all those hard to ask questions, that you want a proper answer to , here’s Hayley!
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