A few months ago, my stepdaughters were trying to teach me how to “floss” (if you don’t know what that is, it’s a dance move—just YouTube it) and… I couldn’t do it. I grew up competitively dancing and couldn’t for the life of me get my hips to line up with my arms the right way. I was frustrated—and it showed.
It was a gentle reminder that while I may have the upper hand in some areas (room cleanliness and personal hygiene, for example)… when it comes to 21st century dance moves, an 11- and 13-year-old take the prize.
Maybe you can relate to this story in some way in the workplace. (Not literally, of course.) It can be easy to look down our noses a bit at a generation that’s younger—or even older—than ours… but in reality, each age group has something to teach the world.
I hope you enjoy learning about this year’s Millennials on the Move group—our feature that’s now in its fifth year. These 25 young professionals are turning heads in their respective industries—from farming to nuclear engineering. Turn to page 27 to meet this year’s phenomenal class. We are also taking an in-depth look at the wave of millennials choosing to settle in Lynchburg and how local leaders are trying to keep the momentum going.
You’ll also find other generational-related content in multiple column departments—including networking, estate planning, and retirement advice specifically for young professionals. In human resources, Scot McCarthy talks about the age gap in the workplace and how employees—especially leaders or supervisors—can change their perspective.
From interactions with co-workers to a family dance-off, age really is just a number and has to be approached with the right perspective—we must acknowledge our strengths and, likewise, our weaknesses.
That being said—the next time my stepdaughters start bullying me with their flossing moves, I’m going to break out a little Roger Rabbit and show them who’s boss.
All My Best,
Shelley Basinger, Managing Editor