Millennials and Gen Z, marked by the generation of twenty and thirty-something year olds, are rapidly entering the workplace.  Rapid ideas and creativity are abound with this new class of professionals; however, sudden innovation and new methods of work may be startling to an industry such as engineering where experience and long-established standards of practice become challenged by a group with a seemingly endless wealth of information at their fingertips.  These young workers live at the intersection of cloud, social, and mobile platforms and can bring an energizing spirit, enthusiasm, and vision for organizations with their open-mindedness and energy; however, these unique traits likely require different approaches than those used in the past to retain and engage staff.     The presentation will identify the typical traits of these digital natives, then discuss the general interests and needs of young engineers and what they mean for engineering organizations and managers responsible for leading younger staff.  Examples of proven strategies such as successful mentoring, flexibility, assigning responsibility, and providing a sense of importance will be discussed to provide participants with ideas on how to adapt these types of strategies within their organizations. The discussion will adopt a Millennial’s spirit of its own by including interactive polling right from the audiences’ seats during the presentation to engage participants.  The activity will also be used as a tool to discuss the effectiveness of existing programs and ability to implement the suggested strategies within organizations across the industry.


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August 4, 2022
Leadership Track: 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Vatsal Shah, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.NSPE