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Millennials’ eating habits are wildly different from their parents’ — and the food industry has to face urgent consequences, Business Insider

Millennials love prepared food and spend the least amount of time on meal prep.
Millennials love prepared food and spend the least amount of time on meal prep.
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  • Millennials have a strong preference for convenience, and eat at restaurants more than any other generation, according to Bernstein analysts.
  • This year, their purchasing power is set to surpass baby boomers’, making it crucial to understand how their spending differs from their parents’.

Millennials, the largest living generation, are poised this year to have more spending power than baby boomers, according to analysts at Bernstein.

And so, it’s important to understand what they’re buying, and how they’re different from their parents.

“What was once an academic exercise (how will millennial spending trends affect demand in some fuzzy future?), takes on a new sense of urgency,” Bernstein’s Sara Senatore and Alexia Howard said in a note on Friday.

They drew on a recent report from the US Department of Agriculture to examine how millennials, defined as people born between 1981 and “the mid-2000s,” eat differently.

One of the key differences is that millennials are the most likely age group to eat at restaurants instead of at home.

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The chart shows that in a given month, millennials have 2.3% of their meals at a restaurant, which Bernstein estimates as roughly one trip every other week.

As this habit grows, more grocery stores are now offering prepared meals, or improving their existing options. More restaurants and fast-casual chains are offering delivery and making their to-go menu options more accessible.

And technologies like mobile ordering and delivery apps are playing a key role to make eating more convenient for millennials.

“I think the millennial generation is much more demanding than prior generations,” Nigel Travis, the CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, told Business Insider’s Kate Taylor in September.

Millennials’ preference for eating out reflects a second point of departure from their parents: They’re less willing to cook.

Bernstein found that even though millennials work fewer hours than older generations – including those who have retired – they spend the least amount of time on meal prep.

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That’s a big opportunity for the $56 billion catering industry. Fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle, which are well frequented by millennials and have executed a catering strategy, made a “well-placed” decision, the analysts said.

“It’s not surprising to find then, that millennials allocate the highest share of their food budgets to prepared food (7.5% vs 6.6-6.9% for the other generations),” they added.

What they did find surprising was that unlike other age groups, millennials continue to eat prepared foods even as they grow richer.

“At each income level, millennials spend the highest shares of their budgets on prepared foods, sugar and sweets, and pasta, and the least to grains – arguably the least processed of the processed foods,” the Bernstein analysts said.

The preference for prepared foods boils down to convenience, to the point where even making cereal was seen as too cumbersome because it would leave behind a dirty bowl, according to a 2015 report from Mintel. The cereal maker Kellogg saw its sales drop 14% from 2013 through 2017 as younger consumers turned to more convenient options like yogurt and prepared breakfast sandwiches.

“This prioritizing of convenience above all else is a positive for restaurants generally (given the ease of eating out vs preparing at home),” the analysts said. “And it is especially advantageous for those offering delivery and to-go.”

Millennials apparently also find it more inconvenient than any other generation to shop around for coupons. According to the USDA’s study, about 6% of their spending is from coupons, versus nearly 8% for baby boomers and Gen. X’ers.

That’s why price-specific offers like McDonald’s $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu can help to drive sales.

However, the USDA’s original report observed that cost ultimately played a bigger role: Millennials whose wage growth has been hurt by the recession also like convenience, but cook when it’s cheaper than eating out.

Baby Boomers – In Pursuit Of New Learning and Life Management

Whether you have a Ph.D. or a High School Diploma, it is never too late to invest in New Learning; something you do not know but wish you did or something that you should just know.

For many people, it is all very simple. You go to school between the ages of 5 and 18, maybe 21. After you've "grown up", it's off to work. The only new learning you'll need is for the rules of the company that you've settled into. If you're lucky, you might get some additional supervision or management training. Otherwise, it's about getting the paycheck, updating the resume incidentally and checking out the wanted pages for the next higher paying job. The concept of viewing your life as a path with miles; having a map based on good information to guide you down that path is foreign to many of us.

For some, their adult work life has been a collection of outstanding good luck (being in the right place at the right time) or making a new job where none existed. Their careers were not part of a master plan or that they really put a lot of thought into it; what many experts call "Career Management". That's fine when you're 25 or even 40. But when you're 58 and a Boomer, in career transition, whether voluntary or not, managing your career seems secondary to trying to manage your life before it falls apart. What took many a while to understand is that the two are not separate. It's not Career Management that's important; it's Life Management. Your career is as much a part of your life as is family, friends, hobbies and your dog named Waldo. They are all part of a puzzle puzzle called life that, more often than not, challenges us to no end. Trying to weave all this together is a constant trial and error exercise.

What supposedly eases the difficulty are the lessons and knowledge you've learned during your lifetime, informally and formally, through educational institutions, on the job and in life. If you were paying attention, you were managing your life in such a way that you were absorbing as much practical information and experience as any one human being could possibly take in; using what you could when needed and storing the rest for later.

This takes a commitment to look at your entire life management in a new way. It begins with a willingness to look at yourself differently. Your circumstances are not what they were 10 or 20 years ago. As a Boomer, you may have greater financial and family responsibilities. Your ego is bigger. Until now, you thought your non-management techniques seemed to have worked. But now you realize, they have not and you have no clue what to do next.

Some Boomers are lucky. The company they've parted with offers three months of outplacement that helps them frame a new life management vision. Then they throw them into new projects and experiences. Not all of them involve familiar knowledge. There's new things to learn. Technology. The new buzz words. The internet and search engines. A bit of advice, learn Google Alerts. Trust me; your mailbox will be full everyday with information to read. Then there's the websites with their email alerts and newsletters on every possible subject.

But it's not all online. Enroll in conferences, workshops and seminars. Visit the bookstore's magazine rack where, there too, you can find a magazine for every possible topic. School courses are next. Offline and Online, every major college in America has something for you.

Once you start digging, you'll find the information. The challenge is using it to your advantage. Sifting through the mountain of advice and leads can give you a headache. The filter comes from you. Set out some visions for yourself. Play around in your head with "what ifs" and "how about this?". Buy a grease board or large sheets of paper, put it on your den wall or in your bathroom and play around with diagramming your life, your goals and making-believe options. It may seem tough to do this mind gaming when you need to run out there and make some money, but what's one hour in your life? All this new learning fuels new life management techniques which lead to greater options and hopefully better life choices.

Remember to always think big picture also. This is not only about you. Make sure that everyone else in your life that is affected by what you do gets thrown up on that board. That includes your family, friends, former collections and yes, your dog, Waldo.

I'm Still Hot … It Just Comes in Flashes Now!

I know I'm in the struggle of my life right now. You see, my body has become the victim of a hostile takeover by an extremist group known as the fat cells. They think my stomach, hips, thighs and behind will be their final resting place but if I have the last say on this, there will be a resurrection.

If you're dealing with your own weight issues like I am, do what my personal trainer says: "Get up and get moving." "The theory is you must take your body out of its comfort zone by changing your workouts every few weeks and increasing your level of intensity. your routine by trying something else like the elliptical or a low / high impact aerobics class from time to time, she says you'll reach a plateau and will reap very little additional weight loss benefits.

Strength training is also a key component to slimming down while firming up. I used to believe lifting weights would make me look bulky like an Amazon woman. I know now that's a myth. Light weight lifting of ten pounds or less can do wonders for your flabby arms and perk up sagging breasts. It also helps build muscle and endurance so you can ever turn a twenty minute aerobic workout into an hour or more.

If you can not afford a gym membership, you can certainly find other ways to get your heart rate up and lose some pounds. Even though I've become a self-proclaimed gym rat, there are times when I do not feel like driving all the way across town so I do a little street walking in my community. OK, get your mind out of the gutter. I live in an area with no sidewalks.

Taking a stroll is a nice change of pace because it gives me an opportunity to breathe in some fresh air instead of that stale recycled health club air. I love to admire nature's beauty all around me and walking and talking with my Creator during those times. When I really want to feel the muscle burn I do the steps at Wallace Wade stadium on the Duke University campus. Going up and down and up and down equates to close to three thousand steps and it's one incredible rush! I also love walking and running on the rigorous cross-country trail that circles the Washington Duke Inn and golf course. I've even done some mall walking but that gets depressed when I look at all of those cute outfits I know I can not fit into.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you get a check up and clear your work out plan with your doctor first. I spent fifteen months in the gym, working out six days a week before I discovered why I was not losing any weight. I was diagnosed with a medical condition known as hypothyroid. As a result of the disease, my body was not producing any estrogen and my metabolism had completely shut down. I had no energy. It was a struggle sometimes just to get out of bed. My mind would say, "get up" but my body would say "why?"

One day while sitting in the Duke Clinic I realized one of the challenges of growing older is dealing with any number of health issues. I used to see a doctor once a year for the routine exam but since turning forty, those visits have tripled on a yearly basis. These days if I've got a pain, I've got to see a doctor. My insurance providers have paid out thousands of dollars on my behalf. But why should not they? I spent twenty years of my working life paying premiums just in case something happened. I paid and paid and paid and nothing ever happened. Now I'm just cashing in on the huge investment I made.

Over the last ten years, I've been treated for heart disease (congestive heart failure), hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, high blood pressure, fibroids and yeast infections. My gynecologist tells me I should have a mammogram every couple of years, get my eyes checked annually and get ready for menopause.

Ah yes, the "M" word. That's the life changing experience that turned my mother into a psychopath! It all started when I was about fifteen years old. I remember seeing her do and say things that did not seem quite normal. For example, in the dead of winter when Ohio's wind chill factor would be on the minus side, mama would complain about how hot she was while sitting in her favorite chair near an
opened window. Snow would be blowing in and resting on the window sill. My dad and I tried closing it a few times when she was not around but we got tired of getting fussed at so we learned to adapt. She also kept a wet wash cloth and a jar of ice water on hand to cool her down.

In addition to being hot a lot, her emotions also appeared to be out of control. Sometimes she'd get angry over little or nothing. Then there were those times when she would break down and cry for no reason. At first, I thought she was reacting to something she was watching on TV but I just could not see how Sanford and Son and The Mary Tyler Moore Show would provoke that kind of emotion. It would be many years later before I discovered my mother's bizarre behavior was really a real experience.

Lillian Mahone was having her own summer! I remember her telling one of her friends she was going through "the change" but I honestly do not believe she understood the amount of what was happening to her mentally and physically.

Back then, menopause was as taboo as mental illness. No one talked about it. There was a stigma attached to a woman going through the "change." In his book, Feminine Forever (published in 1966), Dr. Robert A. Wilson wrote, "many women endure the passing years with cow-like traffic and disinterest; and a disturbingly high number take refuge in alcohol, sleeping pills and sometimes even in suicide." He also wrote, "The tragedy of menopause often destroys her character as well as her health." It's that kind of so called expert opinion that probably forced many women to suffer in silence for fear of being ridiculed or labeled as crazy because of their hormonal imbalance.

Have the seven dwarfs of menopause come knocking at your door yet? If you're not sure, please allow me make the introductions. There's Sweaty, Bloated, Forgetful, Bitchy, Itchy, Sleepy and All Dried Up. They do not all show up at once but you can rest assured they will come in, sometimes unannounced and definitely uninvited, and yes, they will wear out their welcome!

These little menaces to society bring night sweats, headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, urinary incontinence, yeast infections and vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression and emotional chaos into our lives.

According to my gynecologist, over time we may even start to lose our desire for sex. I do not know how you feel about that but I certainly hope it does not happen to me because I did hate to think I wasted the best years of my sex life on my ex!

I started having a glimpse of what's known as peri-menopause about ten months ago. First, there were the hot flashes and then my menstrual cycle became very sporadic. My gynecologist said once I go into full blown menopause, my cycle will stop completely, to which I say "Hallelujah"!

As far as the hot flashes go, they can be very annoying and inconvenient. The first one I clearly remember having was at work right around the same time I was trying to handle some breaking news at work. All of a sudden I felt this intense heat rush from the base of my neck up to the top of my head. It felt like I was on fire! It only measured about a minute but that was just long enough for me to consider murder if anyone had said something I did not like right at that moment.

You see, I've chosen NOT to suffer in silence which makes me eager to let my colleges and anyone else I come in contact with know when I'm having a "moment." This is their warning to steer clear until they've been given the "everything's OK" signal. When Sweaty comes in, it triggers a not so pleasant personality change. I became uncomfortable and irritated. That's when Bitchy takes over and she can hang around a long time if aggravated. Now there are some who might argue that Bitchy and I have been acquaints for quite some time. You know what I have to say to that?


My new best friend, not by choice mind you, is Bloated. He always looks to show up when I'm trying to find something cute and sexy to wear.

Then there's the invisible dwarf known as Arthur. He pops in from time to time to try to slow me down. He can be pretty feisty when he wants to be. He likes to hand wrestle and if I'm not careful he'll kick me in my knees. I've been able to stand my ground so far but he's pretty persistent. Good ol 'Arthur-itis just can not understand that I'd rather have someone else holding on to me!

While researching for more information of what to expect as I enter into menopause, I came across an interesting fact. Middle-aged men also go through their own form of "the change." It's referred to as andropause. Starting in their late forties, some of our male counterparts begin to experience symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, moodiness, heart palpitations and yes, some even complain of night sweats. That lean, mean macho machine you used to know starts turning into a couch potato with a gut the size of a watermelon.

Maybe that explains why some of them pump it up a little harder at the gym. Then they want to show off their new and improved bodies as they cruise around in their brand new chick magnet sports car. And let's not forget about the help they get from Hair Club for Men.

As for me, what you see is what you get!

I've started keeping a journal, which I strongly recommend for anyone going through their own season of change. On a daily basis you should keep track of everything you eat and drink and see how it correlates to weight gains and losses. I can tell you first hand, no matter how much you exercise, if you do not change your eating habits the only thing you're going to LOSE is PATIENCE.

Nutrition really is the key. I'm still learning how and when to eat. I've never been a breakfast person but these days I force myself to munch on something, even if it's nothing more than a banana and glass of soy milk. My trainer says you need food to jump start your metabolism first thing in the morning. That's especially important if your day starts with a workout like mine does.

I'm also learning how to prepare healthy meals I can enjoy through the day. Everything I used to fry, I now bake. Instead of saturating my seafood and vegetables with butter, I now use a freshly squeezed lemon or other non-fattening seasonings. I can also turn one regular meal into three or four smaller portions and I love experimenting with fruit smoothies.

The one mistake I believe many dieters make is they change what and how much they eat to lose the weight. Then when the weight loss goal is achieved, they resort back to their same old eating and drinking habits and wind up gaining back all they worked so hard to lose.

In addition to keeping up with your eating habits, you should also write down all of the activities you do that require movement for at least thirty minutes. Did you know house and yard work can be considered exercise? The more space you have to clean burns more calories and if you have to climb up and down stairs, that's an extra bonus. Mowing the lawn in the Spring and Summer and raking leaves in the Fall are sure fire ways to get your heart rate up.

Your journal can also help you monitor how often your hot flashes occur, how long they last, time of day / evening and what is happening right before the sunset. The majority of mine happens when I'm at work. Stress and a hot flash seem to go hand in hand in my life. I am finding out, however, just how important exercise is in helping me stay below the boiling point.

I'm also trying to monitor my mood swings. I find myself crying or flying off the handle for little or no reason. That's why I've made it a point to share my "issues" with people who are forced to be around me during those times so they're not taken off guard and do not take it personally.

One more thing my gynecologist says is my personal summer could last up to twenty years. So with that in mind, this Diva is taking the attitude she saw on a bumper sticker not long ago:

"I'm still Hot —- it just comes in Flashes now" (Can you dig it?)

Pandering to baby boomers’ mania for saving is economic madness | Phillip Inman | Business

The greatest threat to our economy comes from its ageing population. With the baby-boomer generation making up a large proportion of society, we find ourselves in a situation where public policy is mostly geared towards shoring up the gains made by boomers over the past 40 years, and industrial disputes are driven by an ageing union membership most worried about its pension entitlements.

It is a problem that Britain shares with its continental cousins, the US and Japan, now that all are struggling with a situation where a fifth of their populations is aged over 65 and the proportion is rising fast. Ageing populations have many effects on an economy, not least the desire among those nearing retirement age to save excessively.

Each country’s baby boomers pursue the holy grail of wealth slightly differently, but in the main, property and pensions are the twin pillars supporting decades of retirement. When wealth is your goal, there is one evil monster that needs slaying, and that is inflation. This is one of the main reasons that since the 1990s the Bank of England is under instruction to keep inflation anchored around 2%.

A recent blog by economists at the Bank has caused a stir by arguing that far from the baby-boomer savings glut being a passing phase – or at least a situation that will fade as the boomers die off – it will be with us for decades to come.

They argue that boomers have shown that they want to keep saving even as they move into their 80s and 90s, to fund possible extra health and care costs, and to pass on the maximum amount of wealth they can to their heirs. Some academics have argued that boomers will be forced to spend more than they save in later life to pay for health and long-term care, but that doesn’t appear to be happening.

The $100 trillion of savings sloshing round the global financial system just keeps growing. This is not just because people in young nations such as Indonesia and India are starting to build up savings, but because older Brits, Germans and Swedes are doing the same when there had been an expectation that they would switch to spending.

You could see this trend in public policy changes under the ever-astute – and cravenly vote-seeking – chancellorship of George Osborne, who pledged to increase the inheritance tax threshold for couples to £1m as a sweetener for older boomers. He also introduced changes that gave better-off pension savers the flexibility they craved to maximise their gains. This blew away the last vestiges of welfarism in private pension saving, and was a huge vote winner.

An example of wealthy boomer behaviour could be seen in the Yorkshire Dales last week, where a plan to impose a 500% rise in council tax on second homes was defeated. The Dales Homeowners Action Group, set up to fight the proposal, said the planned increase, which would raise the average band D charge to £8,500 a year, would have caused a house price crash as property flooded the market. When an estimated 3.4 million people in Britain own a holiday property, and with most of these owners likely to be over 50, it is not hard to see this as a powerful lobby of baby boomers acting to protect their gains.

The Bank of England blog argues that the persistent glut of savings in stocks, bonds and property will maintain the trend of the past 30 years – of an excess of money chasing too few investment opportunities. And if older savers resist spending some of their pension, demand for goods is lower than expected, and inflation stays low.

Central banks, in seeking to maintain a 2% inflation target, are the agents of baby boomers. It is their savings and wealth that are protected, not those of the young, who have much less, if any.

Like most central bankers, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has acted to spur the economy with cheap borrowing, to howls of protest from savers.

But his remit stops government from going any further. For instance, there are several past and present members of the Bank’s monetary policy committee who believe it was in the interests of the economy, if not of savers, to push interest rates even lower in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.

There is an argument for a Treasury takeover of the Bank, ending its independence, to allow for higher inflation. With the politicians in charge, a 4% inflation target would allow interest rates to stay lower for longer, increase borrowing and discourage savings.

But when the Treasury is enslaved to the boomers, unable to increase taxes, what would be the point? It’s the boomers who need to see the light and vote for policies that share wealth. While they hoard it, they kill the chances of helping younger generations.

Bank of America May Be Targeting Baby Boomers With Its Move Into Ohio

Originally published on March 2, 2018 10:36 am

Bank of America is planning to open 500 new branches across the country, and to expand in Ohio, targeting Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

William Mahnic, an associate professor of banking aat Case Western Reserve University, believes it might be because the bank is targeting affluent baby boomers.

“What they’re looking for is a branch where they can attract customers who not only are seeking bank services but are looking for trust services or looking for a broker,” Mahnic says. “So they can take bank customers and convert them into trust and broker customers and they can take brokerage customers and trust customers and convert them into bank customers.”

Mahnic says the fact that Bank of America doesn’t currently have any branches in Ohio is probably influencing the decision as well.

Building the new branches will bring mean construction and new bank jobs.

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Homebased Online Travel Agencies – The Hottest New Opportunity?

Because of the deregulation of the airlines and other factors, there have been over 200,000 brick and mortar travel agencies that have closed their doors over the past several years. Does that mean travel agencies are no longer needed or available to the public? Absolutely not.

Several companies, including Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz among others, saw this trend developing, so they developed online booking programs and entered the marketplace. Because the Internet was becoming so popular and accepted as a secure and reliable way of conducting business, their businesses have literally exploded.

But wait … several brilliant entrepreneurial visions also saw this online phenomena developing. Specifically, the online travel agency business model is especially interesting to the network marketing industry. Here are some of the reasons that they are expanding on the concept of online travel agencies:

– The travel industry is huge! Over $ 1.3 Trillion dollars are spent annually in the US on travel and over $ 7 Trillion is spent worldwide.

– The 'Baby Boomers' are now reaching retirement age and currently represent a large percentage of the travel dollar space. They have money and are ready to travel.

– The Internet has been validated by the masses as a trustworthy and important place to purchase goods and services. It is here to stay.

– As more and more people see that advantages of having their own personal homebased business, an online business like a travel agency really makes sense.

In the past, network marketers have had to learn expert selling and closing techniques to achieve good success with their products and services. Also, many of the products and services that they have historically been reliably high-priced compared to similar products purchased in regular stores. It takes people with perseverance and a strong will to really make it to the really high levels in network marketing.

However, using the business models and programs that have been developed for the travel industry, these same network marketers can promote their businesses and reach high levels of income from the comfort of their own homes much easier. The reasons include:

– The product (travel) is in huge demand and people are already in the habit of using online agencies for their travel purchases.

– The technology of the Internet is allowing individuals to compete with large companies. It's been proven that people would prefer to go to the website of one of their friends rather than the site of a large, nonpersonal company.

– Network marketers can earn commissions on their own personal travel, rental cars, concert tickets, golf trips, etc.

– The cost to get started is low and profits can be made almost immediately

– It's a great way to help other people and make a significant part-time or full-time income on the way.

– There are basically no sophisticated selling and closing skills that need to be developed.

So, with the familiarity of the brand names that are available and the simplicity of using the Internet to shop for travel goods and services, there is an exciting new and profitable opportunity for network marketers to capitalize on the travel industry.

how to energize Baby Boomer workers

Last issue I wrote that many of the stereotypes of Millennials and Baby Boomers are “fake news” and suggested there are more than a handful of way to keep those Boomers (like me) energized and contributing to your organization. After all, there is a lot of knowledge and expertise stored in the minds of those who, eventually, will be retiring. But they’re not retired yet!

Here are five more tips to help keep those Baby Boomers working hard for your company.

1. Engage Your Boomers to ID the High Potential Workers (HPW)

Those Boomers on your projects, leading that crew, running their department, etc., they know who the real “players” are for your company.  Let them contribute by sharing their thoughts and perspectives on tomorrow’s leaders, craftsman, and loyal employees for your company.  They know who the real jewels are so let them share with you their choices.

2. Match Your High Potential Trainers with High Potential Employees

One of the tendencies developing among our Millennial workers is their quick assessment of whether they are being trained early in their employment.  A client of mine discovered, to both of our dismay, that the new employee averaged less than 60-days in their employment.  The primary reason?  They felt that they have not been trained on anything of value.  We immediately began a matching of older, more experienced, worker with a new hire.  We didn’t keep all the new hires but we witnessed the longevity of the new employees increase more than 300%, some even staying longer.  It can be done but you must engage your willing Boomers.

3. Ask Your Boomers for Their Assistance

Go to your Boomers and sincerely ask for their assistance in teaching, mentoring, coaching, or befriending a new hire, especially a Millennial.  Explain to your Boomers what you are doing, what they can do to assist you, and why it is important that they transfer their knowledge and experience to the new hire.  You may be surprised to find how many Boomers will help you and may surprise you with all that they can do to assist your new hires.

4. Keep Training & Educating Your Boomers

I may have seen this slip up as much as or more than anything else contractors will do.  Many construction owners and leaders are so focused on getting the “young’uns” trained that they forgot to keep training the Boomers.  This is mistake can cause many Boomers to think, “Well, I guess they don’t care about me anymore.”  Trust me, it happens more than you think and you don’t have to do this!  Even if it’s the third or fourth time your older Foreman have been through leadership training in twenty years, they could use the refresher.

5. Never Slow Down Encouraging Your Boomers

This may sound too easy but this point might be the second mistake I witness many contractors making.  Again, we are so focused on encouraging our new workers that we often forget to say, “Thank you for a great effort,” to our older workers.  I’ve never yet witnessed a Boomer telling their senior leader, “Really, Bob, quit telling me thanks and how great I am…you’re killing me boss.  Really, you’re causing head to swell.”  Most of time I hear complaints from the older worker about all the cheerleading and “love” the newer and younger workers are getting.

My whole motivation over these last two issues of Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction was simply to impress upon you to not keep your appreciation for your Boomers a secret.  And an ancillary benefit is that executing some of the suggestions covered over the last two Tailgate Talk columns may actually lift the morale of your Millennial workers as they see that good workers aren’t forgotten or put out to pasture just because they have some gray hair and a few more wrinkles about the face.

Reenergizing your Boomers may do wonders for your company and help improve the performance and profitable results driven by your Boomers. Just remember: There’s a whole lot more you can gain from your Boomers, so be careful that you don’t send signal that their time has come and gone. Some of their best contributions for you and your company may be yet to come.

May the “fountain of youth” satisfy the thirst for the Boomers in your company who still have much to do and contribute!

Baby Boomers: Stop Blaming Millennials – We Were Warned, & Did Nothing

Young, Old, Black, White, Jew, Gentile – we all have to stop passing the buck, and take responsibility for the nightmare world that has manifested. It is our own laziness, self-absorption, refusal to to do the work necessary to change ourselves, and become mature responsible adults that, with each successive generation, led the way to the enormity of problems we face today.