Today’s Post is a guest post from Ben Eubanks. Ben is a good friend of mine. I learn a lot from Ben. He is one year older than my oldest son. Translation Ben= Young Man <-> Dave = Old Guy!

Note from Ben: I have come to appreciate Dave as a good friend since our first meeting at HRevolution Chicago in 2010. We often kid about the mismatch in our age and experience levels, but we both share common goals and hopes for our profession that bring us both together. I wrote this with him in mind.

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A few years ago, I wrote a post about men in HR and the differences of being a young guy in this profession. One of my friends, a young lady, sent me a message talking about how her company used her unique skills and point of view to lead change initiatives. I thought that was a unique use of talent and wanted to explore that more fully.

See, when we talk about leveraging generations at work, the conversation tends to drift toward using the senior workers to mentor younger ones. I get that, support it, and think it’s worth the effort.

However, it’s not a one-way street. The younger staff have something unique to offer as well, even if it’s nothing more than unbridled passion for the work they are doing.

This young lady’s comment opened my eyes to yet another valuable way that young professionals can be utilized in the workplace. When change is necessary, those young professionals have a few advantages.

  1. They live in a world of constant change and have since birth
  2. They have not been around the organization long enough to catch “We’ve Always Done It That Way” syndrome
  3. They are looking for opportunities to lead others, even in small ways

Next time you’re looking at a major change initiative, scout out the young talent you might be able to utilize in the process. They will appreciate the opportunity, and it will give them a chance to take on the role of leadership in a controlled environment.

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Ben Eubanks is an HR pro, speaker, and writer. He works as a one-man HR team at Pinnacle Solutions during the day, and at night he writes at upstartHR-an HR blog with a little humor, humility, and how-to. Check it out to learn more about entry level HR jobs, talent management, and other “in the trenches” HR topics.

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