The Millennial Shift – How the Workforce Will Look to the Millennials to Fill the Leadership Gap Left by the Baby Boomers
As the Baby Boomer generation quickly approaches retirement, there is going to be a gap in leadership. The simple truth is the Generation X that separates the two largest generations (Baby Boomers) and (Millennial) is not large enough to fill the gap that will be left by the retirement of the Baby Boomers. The only generation the size of Baby Boomers is the millennial generation, and we are about to see a shift in the workforce by this younger generation stepping into these soon vacant leadership roles.
The separation between the generations is comfort with culture and technology. The average Millennial will be able to adopt a new technology into their business lives making them more productive faster than the Baby Boomer generation can now. This trend will cause a shift in the workplace moving business at a much more rapid pace.
The Pew Research Center released a report called “Millennial: Confident. Connected. Open to Change” that stated that “Millennial were the only generation to not list work ethic as one of their top 5 characteristics”. The new workforce values their personal lives and family above work, they live first and work second. Though viewed through the eyes of a 9-5 Baby Boomer the younger generation may seem lazy, the millennial generation is a driven group who do not complain when presented with a challenge. It is important that the leadership of any company knows how to present a project to this generation, framed correctly and with the right boundaries.
The Millennial like to know the rules and limits, they work much better in groups and should be assigned projects that have an element of creativity to challenge them. Some areas that Millennial feel should be focused on are: Involved Leadership, Organizational Transparency, Thinking as a Group or Team, Passion for a Project, Focus on Results Not a Time-clock. We will see many changes coming down as companies adopt these Millennial into leadership roles.
It is easy to lump this generation into the category of “lazy”, if you understand how they think you will see they are anything but. Millennial feel that if they can perform their job well from bed from 7-10 and from the coffee house from 3-6 they should be allowed that flexibility.
There is a shift coming into the workplace, how will it affect you?Read More...
Tuesday former President Bill Clinton published his book “Back to Work”- focusing on his views on how to revitalize the American job market. It makes the case for why government matters and explains the president’s ideas on energy, job creation and financial responsibility, his publisher said on Thursday.
“Back to Work” explains that Americans need to reinstate their competitive drive and instill an ethic that employees and costumers count too.
The day before his book hit shelves, Clinton stopped in our home town Orlando to promote his book. He called Orlando a city of success and boasted of the city’s job growth and sustainability.
“One community in America that is doing great is Orlando, Fla.,” Mr. Clinton said. “It has over 100 computer simulator companies, Disney, Universal, Global Entertainment Arts Video Game division and $5 billion a year coming in from the Defense Department and NASA for more computer simulators. Not to mention the University of Central Florida with 53,000 students that can change the curriculum to train people to do those jobs.”
Clinton continued his book tour all over the country stopping in New York to speak on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart the next day. He again applauded Orlando and its efforts to sustain job growth over the worst economic times since the depression.
Yet many financial analysts continue to use Florida as an example as one of the worst economies in the country. According to Workforce of Central Florida, Orange County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly 12 percent from August of last year. But, here at Kavaliro we are busier than we have been in the last 15 years. We are actually seeing jobs being delayed by a lack of available talent. Perhaps Central Florida is breaking a trend that analysts have insisted on over the past few years.Read More...
“The next hot career is here.
Recent college graduates are earning up to $100,000 a year. And the profession shows signs of getting hotter, since graduates are in demand.
Businesses, industry and communications increasingly depend on the Internet, and companies are moving more and more of their operations online. That means they need software to make it all work.
Automobiles, watches, airplanes, and everything from digital thermometers to coffeemakers depend on software. For example, a cell phone, which we know can do much more than place a call, uses up to a million lines of software code for its different applications.
So, with the necessity for companies to have smartphone apps and tablet apps, as well as business software, the engineers and developers who design this stuff are essential. Colleges are ready to train them, but university officials say that high school students are not encouraged to enter the field….
The shorgage of software developers could slow the operation of some businesses.
“We’ve had customers say, ‘We have to increase our (software development) staff or we’re going to miss deadlines,’ ” Bill Peppler, managing partner of Orlando’s Kavaliro Staffing Services, which covers Central Florida, said.
Businesses likely will face a long period of competing for software development talent, and, in the worst scenario, the talent shortage could slow the U.S. economy.
“We could accelerate business development in the country if we had more people in computer science,” Gary Leavens, interim chair in the electrical engineering and computer science departments at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. “Businesses are able to get productive gains from software.”” Click here to read entire article.Read More...
The University of Central Florida business and economy section wrote yesterday of Kavaliro’s recently launched job search app for the iPhone and iPad. UCF proudly recognized its alumni, Diane Mahony, Mark Moore, John Mahony and Bill Peppler, for providing Americans a new, savy way to tackle the job hunt.
“Unemployment numbers are rising, but Kavaliro is seeing success—the firm experienced a 165 percent growth in revenue by May 2011,” the article reads. “Further, Kavaliro reports seeing more jobs available now than in the past 15 years.”
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By: Bill Peppler
Recently, while on vacation with my family in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, I got to thinking about how technology has changed the way we stay connected with our offices. As driven professionals, it is only natural for us to feel a bit detached from the businesses that we put so much time and effort into on a daily basis, especially when we are away for an extended period of time.
In the past, my standard vacation routine included a daily phone check-in with the office to catch up on any issues or occurrences that may have popped up while I was away. Beyond that daily check-in, I relied on co-workers to contact me in the event that something important came up. On some occasions, that did not occur, and I would return to the office with an unexpected major undertaking to attend to.
In recent years, however, advances in technology have alleviated much of the worry associated with that detached feeling. With the widespread adoption of smart phones, tablet devices, and video conferencing software, and with telecommunications networks seemingly improving by the day, the barriers to staying connected have all but been eliminated.
A recent blog post on GIGAOM.com, written by guest writer Eric Kintz of Logitech, touched on a similar topic, the evolution of the “new office”. In the piece, he notes that “the new office is an airport lounge on a tablet, a midnight video call on the kitchen counter, a shared table at the office or a collaboration pod for ad hoc meetings.” How ironic it is that I read his post from my iPad, just before checking my e-mails and approving a few documents, all while overlooking the mountains from the porch of my vacation home.
Now look, I understand that a vacation is a time to relax and regenerate yourself, to disconnect if you will. Staying connected can be a slippery slope, and I, for one, don’t plan to allocate a big percentage of my vacation time to staying up with office ongoings. However, as a passionate business person who truly cares about the needs of my clients, consultants, and co-workers, I feel better knowing that the connectivity is there, and that I can be reached in a number of ways no matter where I am.
So, what are your thoughts on this subject? How do you stay connected with work while you are away, if at all? How much connectivity is too much, and where do the lines between personal and work time become blurred? We want to hear from you. Join the conversation by commenting below.Read More...
In an era of double-digit unemployment numbers across much of the nation, there are a few areas in which employers are having a hard time finding qualified personnel to fulfill their requirements. Today we’ll take a brief look at one such area; software development, and more specifically, .NET Framework development. Join us as we explore the reasoning behind this disconcerting void in our workforce.
What is the .NET Framework?
The .NET Framework, now on its 4th major version, is a Windows-based programming platform comprised of two main components that work in unison, the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and the .NET Framework Class Library. The CLR manages memory, thread execution, code execution, and code safety verification, amongst other functions, while the Class Library is an object-oriented collection from which managed code can derive functionality. Microsoft summarizes the .NET Framework as “an integral Windows component that supports building and running the next generation of applications and XML Web services.” A more complete conceptual overview is available here.
Why is .NET Development so hot right now?
According to a CareerBuilder Talent Compensation Report provided to Kavaliro in June 2011, a survey of 1000 .NET Developers and employers across the country revealed an average annual salary of $85,863, with top salaries reaching well into the six-figure range. Yet despite the lofty compensation that is on the table, employers continue to report of difficulties in hiring and retaining top .NET Developer talent in the midst of unprecedented demand for their services. Much of that demand is driven by the explosion of web-based services and applications, as more and more business is conducted via computer systems.
We all know that much has changed about the way we do business over the past decade. Increasingly, we find ourselves becoming more dependent on computer systems as a means of exchanging data, as older, more cumbersome technologies continue to be phased out. One area that has seen explosive growth in recent years is web-based services, generally defined as the collective technology for transmitting and accessing data over the Internet.
Enhancing existing systems or implementing new web-based services (both internal and external) can lead to greater efficiency, simplification of use, and ultimately, increased revenue. As companies rush to integrate these web services through new applications, the role of the .NET Developer has never been more important. As the builders of the Framework upon which a majority of these web services and applications are based, their services have never been in greater demand. This demand is reflected in the glut of open developer positions on job boards throughout the country, and the increasing wage rates for seasoned developers.
Where do we go from here?
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics notes in its 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook that the Computer Software Engineer employment category is “among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2008-18 decade, resulting in excellent job prospects.” A recent article in SD Times corroborates this assertion, noting that computer science grads are currently experiencing the highest employment offer rate of any major, and that they are often in a position to field multiple offers.
With the demand for .NET Developers expected to continue its meteoric rise, it only makes sense for potential employers to avail themselves of every possible advantage in the quest to hire and retain top talent.
How can Kavaliro help?
The employment specialists at Kavaliro are plugged in to the .NET Developer marketplace. Our experienced personnel are well versed in the requirements specific to the field, and our track record of successful contract and permanent placements serves as a testament to that fact. Whether it is an outsourced project solution or a traditional staff augmentation, we have the expertise to meet your specific needs.
Are you an experienced .NET Developer looking to explore an exciting new career opportunity? Perhaps you are an employer looking to hire top talent for the development of your web-based services and applications? Check out our job portal to search for opportunities that might suit you, or contact us to speak directly with an employment specialist.Read More...
A guest post by Big Bill Peppler
Recently, I found a picture of my great-great grandfather’s business, the Wm. Peppler Bakery, which was located in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. As I stared at that picture, I got to thinking about just how much business has changed since his time, some 110+ years ago. My curiosity prompted me to ask my father if he had any background information on the family bakery, and he provided me with bits and pieces of information that he acquired over the years.
The good ol’ days
As the story goes, my great-great grandfather emigrated from Germany’s Bavaria region to the United States. He arrived in New York City as a trained and experienced baker, and he had no problem finding employment. Initially, he worked at a local bakery, saving whatever extra cash that he could in hopes of one day opening his own bakery and confectionary. After a few years had passed, he did just that, and the Wm. Peppler Bakery was founded.
The bakery produced quality breads, cakes, pastries, and candies. In those days, recipes were committed to memory, and very little was written down. A cash box was used to take payment and make change. Customer service was of utmost importance, as word of mouth was the primary means of advertising.
Back then, staffing was not a problem, as there were many able bodied young men and women eagerly seeking the opportunity to learn a life-long trade. Job satisfaction was achieved when the hard day’s work (often 12 to 14 hours) was done, and all the baked goods and candies were sold before they went stale.
The bakery thrived for many years, but when his only son, my great-grandfather, George Washington Peppler, elected to pursue another line of work, the Wm. Peppler Bakery eventually closed its doors.
Modern times paint a very different picture
Fast forward to today, and things are very different. There are not many local, independent bakeries around anymore. Most people purchase their fresh baked goods at a chain supermarket that is owned by a large conglomerate. A look around the bakery area reveals digitized ovens, automated measuring devices, and (something we all take for granted) air conditioning. Recipes are stored on computers, and not much is done by hand anymore.
Cash and coin are no longer the standard means of payment. Instead, sophisticated point-of-sale computers process credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards with exacting precision, communicating over the airwaves with banks, creditors, administrators, and marketers. Inventories are instantaneously adjusted, and vendor orders may even be placed automatically, without much human input.
These days, my great-great grandfather might have even had to wait out a non-compete agreement before opening his own bakery (OK, extreme example for a baker, but true for many industries these days). Good help isn’t as easy to come by, as the mentality of developing a life-long trade has long since faded away. Those 14 hour days are also a thing of the past, restricted now by wage and hour laws that didn’t exist back then.
Technology is a wonderful thing that has granted us abilities and conveniences that my great-great grandfather’s generation never would have dreamed possible. However, those technological gains have, in many cases, been offset by a shift in our collective mentality. Work ethic isn’t what it once was, and today’s occupational pride and customer service are at critically low levels.
Though many decades have passed since the Wm. Peppler Bakery closed, along with untold thousands of businesses owned and operated by hard working men and women from yesteryear, there are lessons to be learned from my great-great grandfather’s story. Most importantly; there is no substitute for good old fashioned hard work. The American Dream that our forefathers sacrificed to achieve is available to all of us. It is incumbent upon each of us to work hard to achieve that ideal and pass it on to the next generation.
Who knows? Maybe one day, 110 years from now, my great-great grandson will write an article just like this one.
I never met my great-great grandfather, or his son for that matter, but I had the opportunity to know my grandfather, and I learned from him the importance of hard work, family, and treating people with respect and dignity. Though my grandfather was not a baker by profession, he did make a mean cheesecake and great homemade ice cream, so maybe some of his grandfather’s recipe’s were in-fact written down and retained.Read More...
As our nation’s manned space shuttle program nears its final mission in July, there has been much talk about the impact that the shutdown will have on Florida’s Space Coast economy. The area, stretching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to Palm Bay, has been largely dependant on the shuttle program for its high-wage technical job base for the past 30+ years. As the program winds to a close this coming July, as many as 9,000 jobs, many of them engineering and IT based, are expected to be cut.
While much of the national focus has been on the setback for the shuttle program, because of which NASA will now have to outsource its transportation to and from the International Space Station, the larger issue for Florida remains the misplaced workers, many of whom have spent their entire career working as an employee or contractor for the space program. Though the situation looks dire on paper, as the old adage goes, “when one door closes, another one opens.” To that effect, some companies are taking advantage of the glut of experienced tech workers that are set to enter the marketplace.
As a recent Wall Street Journal article notes, there has been a flurry of investment activity spurred by Florida’s economic development budget, which was formalized by Legislature at over $43 million for the coming year in anticipation of the shuttle program’s end. Included in the budget are infrastructure improvements, aerospace directed marketing efforts, and significant tax incentives for business investment. In light of the circumstances, local employment agencies like Brevard Workforce are working with startup companies and more established firms alike to encourage and incentivize re-training and placement of highly skilled employees in the fields of aerospace, engineering, and IT.
Ryan Brandt, of the Merritt Island marketing communications firm Brandt Ronat & Co., knows first hand of the challenges that the Space Coast faces during these transitional times. His firm has works with Brevard Workforce in developing a consistent message for encouraging aerospace investment in the area. He said of the transition period; “The investment that state and local agencies are making in re-purposing our most valuable assets, our aerospace and technology workers, is tantamount to the future economic stability of the area. The shift will not happen overnight, but rather it will come through steady and focused effort from agencies, employers, and workers alike”.
The staffing specialists at Kavaliro are poised to assist with the transition from the shuttle program to other commercial ventures during these nearly unprecedented times. Uniquely qualified in the fields of technology and engineering, we have the contacts, experience, and expertise to provide the staffing solutions to fit our area’s impending employment issues. Our leadership feels a deep rooted connection to the Space Coast, and understands the emotional aspects at play just as well as the technical ones.Read More...
While the U.S. economy continues to slowly inch along in its economic recovery, there are a number of indicators that suggest certain high-tech industries are well ahead of the curve. In fact, there are those who suggest that, even with national unemployment hovering just under 9%, tech hiring has begun to reach a frenzied pace that rivals that of the dot-com boom of a decade ago.
Supporting that assessment is a recent USA Today article by Jon Swartz, which goes into a lengthy discussion about the emerging boom in technology related hiring. The piece described, at length, the increasing demand for top talent in the fields of cloud computing, computer engineering, wireless communications, and clean tech.
This Bloomberg article by Oliver Staley, Douglas MacMillan and Cecile Vannucci also suggests that the timing is right for recent college graduates in the finance, engineering, and technology related disciplines. Tech companies are filling in the void created by substantial layoffs during the 2007-2010 economic setback, and then some.
Indeed, it seems to be an ‘arms race’ of sorts for top tech firms looking to grab a larger piece of the ‘emerging technologies pie’. We at Kavaliro are seeing significant signs of exactly the sort of job recovery that the aforementioned articles reference. Information technology, clean tech, and smart grid solutions (see our smart grid blog post from April 21) have been particularly hot in markets that we serve.
Diane Mahony, Kavaliro’s CEO, explains the trends that Kavaliro is seeing across the country, stating, “We are seeing tremendous growth in needs for software developers across the country. This includes Microsoft .Net, C#, and Java Developers. We are also seeing an increased demand for technical support personnel including help desk and desktop support technicians. Another area that continues to be a real need is consultants with Microsoft SharePoint experience. A good portion of these positions are project-based, but we are also seeing a demand for permanent level opportunities as well. This is a complete turnaround from even twelve months prior. Kavaliro’s exclusive database and industry partnerships allows us to be on the forefront of this phenomenon and have the consultants ready at a moments notice to meet your demanding project needs.”
Both of our primary office locations, Orlando and Charlotte (click the links to learn more about each city’s emerging tech scene), have made significant strides towards becoming major east coast technology hubs. Orlando’s growing high-tech corridor, anchored by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and spanning the entire southeast quadrant of the metropolitan area, has become a home base for simulation, training, testing, and bio-medical research. Charlotte has undergone similar growth in energy related fields, as a number of major power producers and researchers have made the mid-Atlantic state their home base.
With so much movement occurring within the tech sectors, employers and potential employees alike are wise to seek expert council with respect to their respective hiring and job search endeavors. That is where Kavaliro comes in. We have extensive experience within these disciplines, and know exactly what each party is looking for in the other. Let our expertise be your guide as you navigate these exciting times in our nation’s economic recovery by contacting a Kavaliro staffing specialist today.Read More...
In a world in which an ever-expanding population is putting a growing demand on our limited natural resources, engineers and scientists are working to implement new sources of power and improved distribution technologies for a cleaner, more efficient planet. The U.S. government is pushing the initiative, having lumped $4.5 billion worth of incentives for smart grid advancement into its 2009 economic stimulus package. Forward thinking utility companies have taken to the movement, collectively committing further billions towards research and implementation of upgraded systems.
We are, in a sense, entering a renaissance era within the power industry, a time in which we are making meaningful strides towards improving an electrical distribution grid that has not seen a truly significant change in distribution methodology since the 1970’s. Thomas Alva Edison would surely be proud to see the impending advancements to the system that he first commercialized over 130 years ago. After all, it was he who once said “I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.”
What exactly do we mean when we refer to the “smart grid”?
Though the definition might downplay the immense breadth of the topic, the term “smart grid” is essentially a reference to a modernized electricity distribution system that utilizes real time two-way digital communication and sophisticated software to transmit and process massive amounts of data that is in-turn used in improving system efficiency. Ideally, both producers and end users are provided with better information and greater control over when, where, and how power is distributed and consumed.
At the consumer level, the implementation of “smart meters” will instantly deliver usage data back into the grid, offering power producers a much more detailed and timely view of consumption patterns than ever before. They will then be able to more accurately assess grid conditions and monitor power quality, diverting power to where it is needed most and minimizing inherent system losses. For the consumers themselves, smart meters offer an unprecedented look into personal energy consumption, which affords the opportunity for cost savings as a result of changed behavior patterns.
Sustainable power sources will drive further implementation
“The infusion of renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the grid will make smart generation and distribution management essential, “ said George Gramatikas, Strategic Development Officer for Orlando, Florida based Turbine Technology Services Corporation. “We have the technology for that. All we need is the will to drive the right commercial response.”
Indeed, as political pressures to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses build, sustainable energy sources will continue on the path towards becoming a greater priority. Yet those sources do not offer the predictability and on-demand reliability of more conventional fossil fuel based production means. As such, their implementation will require a more advanced grid, one that can immediately sense and process the effects of sporadic unavailability so that alternative power sources can be employed at the lowest possible cost.
What it all means for the economy
Opponents of the smart grid offer the short-sighted argument that its implementation will eliminate jobs at the ground level, as the need for meter readers, repair technicians, and various other supporting roles is reduced. Those more attuned to the economics of the situation, however, understand that the smart grid opens up a wide array of new opportunities for highly skilled workers, such as systems administrators, database architects, software developers, IT project managers, and business analysts, amongst others.
Coupled with this influx of high wage jobs is a growing void between skilled American graduates in the fields of science and mathematics, and a rapidly aging workforce within the power generation industry. Utility companies and affiliated smart grid tech agencies are increasingly having to take their hiring off-shore to fulfill the growing demand for top talent.
Rocky Fullerton, a Kavaliro consultant and veteran of the power generation industry for more than 15 years, offers this valuable advice; “American students should heed the opportunity to test their academic mettle in these challenging disciplines, as the prospect of securing quality employment in smart grid related fields, from engineering to delivery, looks very bright.”
Though economists and smart grid think tanks cannot state with certainty what the economic impact of smart grid implementation will be, one thing rings undeniably true; a great number of top power and technology firms are wagering heavily that the movement will become a major boon to our nation. Firms seem wise to get off of the sidelines and catch the early wave of adoption.
Putting the pieces together: Kavaliro’s role
Kavaliro maintains an operational focus on emerging technologies, including those associated with smart grid implementation and operation. By maintaining valued relationships with utilities companies and engineering affiliates, we keep our finger on the pulse of the marketplace, honing our knowledge of exactly the type of candidate that companies are looking for. Kavaliro takes the guesswork out of the hiring process, pairing talented individuals with challenging, yet fulfilling positions at some of our nation’s most respected power companies. Specialized staff sourcing for today’s specialized employment needs is exactly what we offer. Contact a Kavaliro Employment Specialist today to learn more about how we can help your company grow and succeed.
We want to know your thoughts on this subject. How do you see the smart grid fitting in to the new American economy? What are you doing, both personally and professionally, to prepare for the coming change? Let your voice be heard, and leave us a comment below.Read More...