Are Boomers and Millennials Mirror Images?

Do boomers and millennials seem to be on different planets? Why are so many employees who are new to the job market having trouble adjusting? Are their new companies and managers adjusting to them? The reality is boomers and millennials mirror each other.

I am a child of the ‘60s—a boomer for sure. We were a generation that sat-in, protested, and changed culture. My first corporate job was working to create a corporate social responsibility agenda. A critique of millennials is that they want to run the place within months of arrival. I think I did that too. We all have precedents. My father, civil rights activist and business leader Whitney Young, was Dean of a School of Social Work at 34.  Millennials are not a phenomenon in the 21st century workplace.

During my academic career, I oversaw a group of students to create a new program dedicated to their academic success. I determined the strategy and, much to my surprise, got pushback from the students. A middle of the night epiphany brought back memories of when I was in college and we were totally upending the status quo. Rules in place when we entered college (no men in the dormitory rooms, skirts for women in class, curfews) were gone when we graduated.

Why shouldn’t the students I was working with have the same right to determine an agenda for success that would work for them? After an initial shock, I let go of control and allowed the students to periodically toss me out of my office for planning meetings. I was there for guidance and a supportive voice to administration. The students were now in charge.  They did a superb job then and now some 30 years later.

Youth is exuberant, optimistic and fearless. Some boomers have toned down and become more staid. Becoming older has meant wisdom laced with risk aversion.  There is natural head butting between generations who are at different life stages. What millennials do and say may be fueled by 21st century technology, but it is not atypical for their life stage.

Dealing with those new to work requires seeing ourselves in them and finding the ways they add value. Educating to appreciate some of the old with the new is also a great approach. Robert DeNiro’s film, The Intern makes this point perfectly.   The keys are respect, listening and empathy. Recognition and acknowledgement of every individual as employee and customer is a driver of business success was the central thesis of my doctoral dissertation many years ago.  Today, we need to honor that idea more than ever.

To Be Effective, You Must Be Healthy

It’s that time of year again when we prepare for winter’s cold and flu season. Here are some helpful hints to be proactive and prevent illness for yourself and your family. Start right away if you begin to get sick or have been exposed to colds, flu or other infectious diseases to prevent you from getting sick!

Vitamin C  Make sure to take enough to keep your immune system strong. Take more if you’re fighting a virus.

For the Flu  Prevention    Make sure your vitamin D3 levels are optimal. This may require monitoring by a blood test.  To recover faster if getting flu-like symptoms:  Oscillococcinum.

Immune Support Supplements

  • To boost your body’s ability to fight infections: use immune supportive nutrients and herbs, including zinc, echinacea, astragalus, and others.
  • Specifically formulated combinations of produce excellent results for knocking out a cold or sore throat if taken at the onset of symptoms.

Sinus Relief  Utilize colloidal silver in a neti pot or nasal rinse or consider natural decongestant.  Mucinex (guaifenesin), over the counter at pharmacy, thins mucus and helps drainage.

Keep your pH in Optimal Range  Alkaseltzer Gold is an option that contain less sodium.

Natural Antibiotics/Antivirals  These are effective in a variety of viral and bacterial infections.

  • Take Vitamin D3
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Oregano Oil
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Gargle with hydrogen peroxide to relieve a sore throat
  • Take Vitamin A

Prevent the spread of infections  Use Skin Cleansers with natural grapefruit seed extract. Avoid triclosan, that is contained in many antibacterial soaps and is a persistent organic pollutant.

Get plenty of rest 

Drink lots of water

These suggestions can keep you healthier all winter long!

To Be Effective, You Must be Healthy© Robban A. Sica, M.D. 2016