Meagan graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in Marketing. After working several years in a sales environment Meagan became discouraged to hear all the negative comments about Generation X. (Generation X is the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980.) As a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were of course unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her own managers seemed to have.
Meagan began to research everything from small to large corporations in order to find successful ways to work with the younger generation. From that ZAP THE GAP Solving the Multi-Generational Puzzle was born.
Since 1997 Meagan Johnson has entertained and educated thousands of audience members. She has written a variety of articles about the multiple generations and has been interviewed for many publications and audio programs. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, US News & World Report and many other publications. Meagan and her Baby Boomer father, Larry Johnson are the authors of Generations, Inc - From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work.
Nothing changes perceptions more than a passion for life, work and success. To complicate matters, each generation has a different perception of what motivates them. Meagan says, "Every generation gets a negative label when it enters the workforce. For example Baby Boomers were called trouble-making hippies when they first went to work. Once we take time to understand the motivations and mind-set of each generation, working with them, communicating with them and managing them becomes a more successful effort".
What seemed like a perfect solution yesterday is the source of tomorrow’s problem. Learn from Meagan what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!
- Zap the Gap
Meagan is known as the "Generational Humorist" and has a outspoken, take-no-prisoners Gen X attitude and challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Meagan's Zap the Gap presentation helps participants to think more about the methods they use to reach out to the New Millennium, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations? Outdated methods can leave you scratching your head and empty handed. You simply cannot ignore the rising costs of low productivity and high employee turnover resulting from misunderstandings, missed signals and missed opportunities! Zap the Gap offers a comprehensive, thoughtful and humorous look at the generations of Americans in the workplace, and the life events that shaped each generation's work styles, traits, buying habits and needs. Because generations are in a constant state of flux, what worked last year does not work today. What seemed like a perfect solution yesterday is the source of tomorrow’s problem. Learn from Meagan Johnson what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!
Participants will learn:
· Who the generations are - their wants, needs and expectations
· How to capture Baby Boomers “loyal make a difference” attitude before it evaporates
· Important Generation X career building techniques so they don’t leave you for another employer
· New Millennials want their efforts to have meaning and what to do about it
· Top 10 recruiting tricks to capture Gen Y’s attention
· A social media policy at work that works
· How to take advantage of generation gaps – not simply manage or endure them
· What needs to happen to weave generational respect into your organizational culture