Working with people from different backgrounds, histories, experiences and ages, I promote communication, conversation and connection. When I hear, “those Millennials” or “Okay, Boomer”, I cringe recognizing them as the biases they are: ageism. Whether ageism is used as a bias in rewarding/punishing or communicating, it’s not helpful to anybody and only creates friction, more bad behavior and animosity within your team and your organization. There is no us versus them, there is only us.
In the first Avengers movie, Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson’s character, is there to lead the disparate group of super-specially-talented independent people. He’s the inspiration that drives them and the glue that keeps them together despite the strong personalities and desires to be individual achievers and heroes. Do you have a team of Avengers or only a bunch of super-talented individuals? Read and find out.
What is the cost of losing one employee? There are the direct costs of the loss and the costs of replacing that person. Here is a list of them. Why care? 3 million Americans quit their job every month. 25% of employees are at a high risk for turnover (these are your top performers). If you could keep the interest of valued employees, wouldn’t that be worthwhile?