Session 3: Navigating Generational Differences: There are five generations co-existing in today's workplace. You may have noticed differences in the way people of different generations seem to see the world through a different colored lens than you do. Generational differences are marked by the values, desires, goals, interests, and lifestyle choices that research finds most prevalent within a generation of people. Different from demographics, these activities, interests, and opinions are called psychographics. This session begins by helping you identify the way life experiences shared by each generation influence a generation's psychographics. After working with people of your own ''ilk'' to define the common life influencers, you will learn what makes other generations think and act differently - what influences their behaviors. Armed with an understanding of why generational differences exist, you will then be introduced to ways you can work more effectively with those who are not part of your generation. This session requires participants to do some preliminary work in the Brightspace course prior to the virtual Zoom (or live) session.
Presenter: Mary Kozicki LaFontaine is the Director of Employee Development and Engagement at Sebago Technics, a civil engineering firm. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she moved to Maine in 1987; she holds a Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts and a Master's degree in Adult Education. Mary has over 25 years of experience in human resources, training, staff development, and workforce development. Mary and her husband, live in Auburn; they have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
HR Thursdays are presented in partnership with the LA Metro Chamber, Central Maine Human Resource Association, and the Lewiston CareerCenter and offer employers resources and tools to help gain a competitive edge. Presenters will share best practices to businesses owners, HR staff and hiring managers in order to create meaningful recruitment, training, and retention strategies. HR Thursdays allow participants, whether employers of one employee or 1500, gain information needed to survive the labor shortage while giving tangible, and usable, tools and resources.