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in the workforce. This was a direct result
of Boomers thinking they could have it all
and going in deep debt to have it. So, the
wives went to work to help pay the bills.
Generation X was the first to be known
as "latchkey children," kids who took care
of themselves and watched their parents
forge a new work environment. As the
divorce rate increased, they experienced
broken homes and growing up without
both parents being present full-time.
Family job losses and the effects on their
homes, government program cuts, parents
working for years at one company only to
have that company relocate outside of the
country, made this group of people very
skeptical. They don't place a lot of faith
in the institutions that their traditionalist
grandparents and boomer parents created
and helped build.
Generation X's attitudes and
skepticism have also been shaped by
current events and the media. Since
they have had to take responsibility for
themselves, trust can be a real issue for
them. This generation witnessed the gas
shortages of the 1970s, sharply rising
crime rates in urban areas and the Chicago
Tylenol murders. It was the first generation
required to check Halloween candy for
razor blades. They also witnessed the
start of the AIDS crisis and the Iran-Contra
scandal. Generation X shows less respect
to authority figures. This may be a direct
result of the unstructured homes they
lived in as children. They keep a constant
lookout for hypocrisy and self-importance.
They're very skeptical and far less daring
when it comes to spending their money.
They like to play it safe. This is a generation
that is constantly "looking for an affinity
and a sense of connection."
Generation X was the first generation
to grow up with widespread computer
technology. They are also the first
generation that has always had television
as a part of their daily life, so they are more
moved by visual images than the written
word. Generation X learns best through
multimedia, such as television, graphics
and computers. This generation can easily
manage more than one stimulus at a time,
and the spoken word alone seems dated
and boring. Tell them what you want
done and leave them alone to accomplish
it. Many are unwilling to compromise
family and quality of life for a career. This

generation is motivated to learn, work at a
fast pace and not hold on to traditions. Be
ready to be flexible.
Millennials represent 35 percent of
the workforce and, interestingly, recent
studies suggest that many don't consider
themselves adults until 30 years old,
while some don't believe they are adults
until 40. As they delay moving out of their
parents' home, getting a job and paying
their own bills, the age of adulthood has
been pushed back. Some experts suggest
that Millennials stay children for so long
because they have been coddled by their

parents and have had things 'too good.'
This generation is the most supervised
generation ever.
The new generation of employees,
Millennials have reputations for
enthusiasm and impatience, especially
once they're seized by the motivation to
accomplish something. You can put their
energy to good use by understanding what
they're looking for on the job. Workers
who grew up in the age of Facebook
and Twitter expect their words to be
heard. You can set reasonable limits, but
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017

From the President
Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Veterans in the Water Industry
New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
WaterPro Rocks Reno
Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 4
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Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 8
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Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
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Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 19
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Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Veterans in the Water Industry
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - WaterPro Rocks Reno
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the CEO
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