Ties to Tattoos II: Managing the Generations is the chamber’s latest Lunch and Learn offering. To be held Friday in the Anheuser-Bush Community Room at the chamber of commerce, guests will hear from Dr. Tina Brush, president of the Georgia Highlands College Continuing Education Advisory Council. Brush, who gave a similar talk last year, will focus on how to communicate with millennials.
Brush said last year’s Ties to Tattoos talk was so popular the chamber decided to host a second presentation.
“Well, actually, when we did it a year ago we had, to this date, still the largest attendance. There were over 75 people there and we’ve never for any Lunch and Learn ever drawn that number,” she said. “So it was obviously a topic that was of great interest.”
Last year’s talk focused on looking at how the different generations grew up, Brush said, because age itself did not make much difference. The values instilled during each generation’s childhood were what made the difference, she explained.
“We’ve got three, in some cases four, generations working together side-by-side. Before the recession, when you were 62 you started scoping out retirement and you were on the way out. We aren’t leaving the workforce. We’re staying because we want to in some cases, and in some cases, we don’t have a choice — we have to stay,” Brush said.
With baby boomers managing millennials, and in some cases millennials managing baby boomers, Brush believes communication is even more important so there are no unnecessary workplace conflicts.
Her talk will include the stereotypes baby boomers have of millennials, what causes those stereotype, the logic behind millennials’ actions and what millennials expect from an employer in terms of communication and direction. The topics are important to Brush, who has taught 20- and 30-year-olds at a college level, because millennials will only increase their share of the workforce.
“Come because what we’re really going to do is try to understand a generation that, I believe and I believe they would agree, is very misunderstood,” she said. “... We’re going to die at some point, we’re not going to be around and Generation X and Y, those aren’t real big generations. ... So you’ve got to figure out how to understand and get them working with you instead of butting heads with them. That’s the biggest challenge.”
The talk will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests must RSVP by noon Thursday by contacting LaDonna Jordan at 770-382-1466. Admission is free for chamber members. Reservations for lunch have ended, but guests are welcome to bring their own.