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Talent Management When the Old Outnumber the Young

March 15, 2012 14:30 by Ann Pace

(From HBR Blog Network) -- The population used to be shaped like a pyramid: lots of young people, a medium number of middle aged, and a few old folks. But the demographic geometry has changed radically in just the last few decades in many parts of the world — and will shift further over the decades ahead in still others. We now have diamond- or rectangular-shaped populations in many countries and will at some point have inverted pyramids — the old will outnumber the young.

The United Nations' most recent study on demographic trends confirms these changes and puts to rest any assumption that the pyramid-shape will return. The former ratio of old-to-young already no longer exists in many countries and, much of the world will soon follow. Yet many of our talent management practices today are derived from this old idea.

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Blog: What Gen Y has to offer in the workplace

January 20, 2011 13:35 by Ann Pace

(From Midland Daily News) -- I am the youngest employee at AGP & Associates and am always trying to learn from my coworkers. From marketing strategy to the rules of writing, their skills certainly outrank my own.

But, over the past year, I’ve also learned that there’s a lot I can offer. Members of Generation Y bring many great things to the workplace.

Intuitive web skills. Once a coworker asked me how I figured something out on a website. Honestly, I’m not sure. It’s intuitive. We grew up using the web, therefore we have the advantage of being able to dig up information and figure out how Web tools work – quickly, efficiently and with little instruction.

Social media understanding. I joined Facebook before I left for college, started my first professional blog in February 2008 and have been tweeting since September 2008. I don’t even want to know how many hours I’ve spent using social media. But, the time you have spent using social media has given you knowledge you are expected to have as a member of Gen Y.

Fresh perspective. I refer to it as “shaking things up.” As a new hire, you have the opportunity to question the traditional ways. I recently created a presentation for a conference that I was to speak during. Instead of following our branded template, I used fun pictures from Flickr and included very little copy on the slides. Don’t be afraid challenge the traditions and suggest new, different ways to do things in your job.

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