Our newsletter has had articles discussing mentoring from both sides, the mentor and the mentee, with the advantages of participating on each side. If you have participated in the mentoring-mentee opportunities, our hopes are that you have shared experiences, taught and learned lessons, observed practical and inspiring practices, discovered new technologies and processes, envisioned what to expect in coming years and viewed the profession and its varieties of specialties. All these advantages are powerful and transforming to both sides of the experience. However, these values are only the beginning of your ASID experience.
The bonds that have been created through the mentoring processes are, in my opinion, the most valuable. Having been isolated from each other during the recent pandemic, we all realize the importance of what is gained by in-person connections. The bonds made during in-person experiences, whether through mentorships or larger gatherings, are long-lasting. Our connectivity is what ASID has to offer you for your long-term career.
I have been fascinated in recent decades by observing our generational differences through my own mentoring experiences and discovered that connectivity over long-lasting relationships demands understanding. A recent series of articles from Axios Finish Line, authored by Mike Allen, Erica Pandey and Jim VandeHei, describes our generational attitudes and its importance to understanding as we work together.
So here are our categories, find where you fit and learn about others:
Traits of the Silent Generation:
Traits of Baby Boomers:
Baby Boomers & The Silent Generation have recommendations for us:
Traits of Gen X in the Workplace:
Traits of Millennials in the Workplace:
Traits of Gen Z in the Workplace:
Gen X’s (particularly on the later timeline), Millennials and Gen Z’s work to live, instead of living to work — staying on the payroll, but focusing on fun, fulfilling activities outside of work. They want something to believe in and a reason to respect the company vision and its passion. They are lifelong learners and not afraid to change for improved outcomes. They are inclusive and applaud a diverse workforce. They are less serious, more casual but still value serious work.
With our upcoming state conference, our hope and your opportunity is to re-energize yourselves by in-person connectivity with others–not only within your generational pool but beyond. Share new experiences, teach, learn, observe, be inspired, discover, envision and connect.
The ASID family is tall and wide with great human in-person resources to share with each other.
Looking forward to seeing you in September!
Shirley Hammond, FASID, NCIDQ, RID
Perceptive Designs, LLC