LP Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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WHY WE'RE ALL MILLENNIALS NOW generations no longer labor quietly and obediently. Rather, most employees work anxiously to take care of themselves and their families and try to get what they can from their employers—one day at a time. People of all ages and at all levels realize nowadays that they are "free agents" because they have no other choice. Workers of all ages today know that job security is dead. Most workers today—regardless of generation— assume that most employment relationships will be relatively short term and transactional. In relative terms, older workers tend to lose, and younger workers tend to gain—at least in the short term—from the diminishing importance of seniority and longevity of employment. Workers of all ages today are under more pressure than ever as work becomes more demanding for everyone. In every industry, in nearly every organization, individuals are working harder and facing increasing pressure to work longer, smarter, faster, and better. Meanwhile, workers must routinely learn and utilize new technologies, processes, practices, skills, and knowledge, all the while adjusting to ongoing organizational changes that cause growing fear of imminent job loss. While younger workers may have certain advantages in this environment, they tend to suffer more than older workers when they receive less management guidance and support. Workers of all ages today want, expect, and often request greater flexibility in work conditions. As the pressure increases, so does the need for some relief from the pressure. That's why "work-life balance" is such a powerful counter-trend. What work-life balance means most of the time is "more control over my own schedule." The rest of the time it means "flexible location" or "flexible dress" or "flexible something." Sometimes it means an employee can bring his dog to work. People of all ages want greater flexibility in their work conditions. The biggest difference with millennials is that they are more comfortable making specific requests for immediate (rather than long-term) increases in pay, benefits, and work conditions, and they are more likely to make those requests earlier in their tenure of employment than workers of previous generations would have. BRUCE TULGAN is an adviser to business leaders all over the world and a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He is the founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a management research and training firm, as well as RainmakerThinking.Training, an online training company. Tulgan is the best-selling author of numerous books including Not Everyone Gets a Trophy (revised and updated, 2016), Bridging the Soft Skills Gap (2015), The 27 Challenges Managers Face (2014), and It's Okay to be the Boss (revised and updated, 2014). He has written for the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, HR Magazine, Training Magazine, the Huffington Post, and LP Magazine. Tulgan can be reached at brucet@rainmakerthinking.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BruceTulgan or visit his website at rainmakerthinking.com. Join over 1,900 of your professional colleagues who have earned their LPQ or LPC certification. Those letters after your name show employers as well as your peers that you have the knowledge needed to succeed in the constantly evolving loss prevention industry. That's why dozens of retailers prefer applicants with these certifications. Stand out from the crowd—start your certification journey today. Educating an industry one leader at a time. Unlock your full potential with the LPQualified or LPCertified certification course Stand out from the crowd SM Visit www.losspreventionfoundation.org for more information. 61 LP MAGAZINE | MARCH–APRIL 2019

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