By: Janessa Moran, HR Generalist at Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance

I had the privilege to attend YPAL’s first Excelerate workshop. The topic was ‘Generational Differences in the Workplace’, which is so very relevant to young professionals trying to navigate and build credibility in a world of trying to overcome the Millennial stereotypes. There was a panel discussion with local influential leaders where we discussed professional development, ‘real world’ interviewing tips, and ways to position ourselves for success in our organizations. Cara Silletto, from Crescendo Strategies, provided many takeaways for overcoming the Millennial stereotypes and navigating workplaces that include all generations. She also provided effective business communication tips.

My favorite part of the workshop was the practical reasoning Cara shared behind the generation gaps, why they exist, and what makes us all approach and perceive situations differently. Once we can recognize the generational differences, we are better equipped to work through them effectively. My favorite strategy to overcome the Millenial stereotype of “Wanting to be promoted after 5 minutes,” is to advance creatively! Finding ways to ‘advance’ professionally by learning a new skill, taking advantage of tuition reimbursement or professional development opportunities, or volunteering to work on special projects can help Millenials build their skillset and credibility in a world where advancing results from ‘paying your dues.’

One of Stephen Covey’s Habits of Highly Effective People is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” After attending this workshop, I feel like I have a much better understanding of what creates the generational gaps and will be able to position myself as a more effective professional.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next Excelerate workshop!