Mike Miazga 2016-08-05 04:18:46
ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE WANE Executive Leadership conference highlights the changing workplace. Attendees of the recent Wholesalers Association of the North East Executive Leadership Conference in Groton, Conn., were educated on the different generations of people that occupy the current workplace. Speaker Diane Thielfoldt presented a treasure trove of relevant data during her “Four Generations, One Workforce: Hiring and Managing the Changing Workplace” presentation to WANE members. Thielfoldt cited a Manpower workplace study that shows 85% of professionals interact with at least three other generations at work and 78% of people in the U.S. perceive a major divide between the point of view of younger and older people. She also pointed out the millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is the largest and most influential adult population in American history. “Are you tapping into what makes a difference to millennials?” she asked. On the subject of millennials in the workplace, Thielfoldt pointed out a number of other studies, including: 77% of older workers, according to a Workplace opinions poll, say millennials have a different attitude toward workplace responsibility (59% of millennials agree with that statement); While millennial workers are ambitious and strive for financial success, according to a Forbes study, 88% prefer a collaborative work structure to a competitive one; and according to a Bentley University study, 66% of employers struggle to manage millennials. “Ninety-six percent of millennials remain with an organization that allows them to learn and grow,” she said, referencing yet more statistical data. “As a generation, millennials are pleasers. They need to know how to please you. Have a conversation once a month about how things are going, what’s going well and not going so well. The critical thing is to tell them, ‘What can I do to support you?’” Thielfoldt also delved into employee opinions on their role in the workplace. “Eighty-six percent of the U.S. workforce describes themselves as under-appreciated,” she said. “That number has been hanging around there for 15 years. The No. 1 thing people want to hear is thank-you.” Thielfoldt also spoke about rapidly changing technology continuing to be a focal point for companies. She referenced data from Forrester Research that shows the number of text messages sent and received everyday exceeds the population of the planet. WANE attendees also heard from longtime industry consultant Bruce Merrifield, who delivered his “Cost-to-Serve Line Item Profit Analytics” seminar. ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen was this year’s WANE capstone speaker. Rasmussen took attendees through ESPN’s birth from paying $1,250 an hour for five hours of satellite time at night to the worldwide multimedia powerhouse it is today. “ESPN will continue to be around because it continues to change,” he said. “They will try something and if it doesn’t work they will try the next one. Everybody is encouraged to be creative.” 2017 NCWA CONVENTION The 2017 NCWA Convention returns to Dublin, Ohio, and the Columbus Marriott Northwest on June 6-7, 2017. The 2017 golf outing, held in conjunction with the convention, will be held at Tartan Fields Golf Club in Dublin. MUSTSEE PRODUCTS SAFE, DRY, FAST DWV TESTING SYSTEM HOLDRITE® introduces TESTRITE®, the forward edge in the evolution of DWV testing. TESTRITE — the safe, dry and fast inline DWV testing system — is designed with versatility in mind and can be installed in no-hub cast-iron, ABS and PVC pipe systems in 2”, 3”, 4” and 6” configurations. A complete test using the TESTRITE system requires a matter of minutes. The TESTRITE system features a unique reusable test wedge that keeps projects and installers safe and dry, drastically reduces testing time, and works on multiple DWV piping systems. TESTRITE cleanout plugs are available with brass threads that accept a 1/4-20 threaded cleanout cover bolt. See how it works with installation videos on www.holdrite.com/videos. HOLDRITE www.holdrite.com. STIEBEL ELTRON TANKLESS ELECTRIC WATER HEATERS Stiebel Eltron offers the finest tank less electric water heaters available. Its Tempra® Plus whole house and DHC-E point-of-use units outperform bulky hot water tanks and reduce hot water pipe runs. Designed and manufactured in Germany to North American standards, the rugged Tempra and DHC-E series contain all copper piping and heating elements and ensure many years of reliable service. There is a three-year warranty on all Stiebel tank less water heaters. Simply the best! Stiebel Eltron 800/582-8423 www.stiebel-eltron-USA.com
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