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completely. Be available when they have
something important to say. Millennials are
accustomed to having information at their
fingertips through sites like Google and
Wikipedia. They also tend to be curious
about the people they work with, so it's
helpful to be open and communicate as
much as you can about the association or
organization's goals and direction and don't
be aloof-let them know you're a human
with interests outside of the workplace.
This generation is comfortable working in
teams, but many prefer to tackle problems
on their own at first, then collaborate

to share solutions and brainstorm ideas
before presenting suggestions to an
authority figure.
Millennials expect to have access
to all levels of the organization and to be
able to communicate across departmental
boundaries. Realize that they may not
understand why they can't just walk into
the CEO's office whenever they feel
like it. At the same time, do your best to
eliminate barriers that get in the way of
effective collaboration.
Millennials now have more workers in
the workforce than any other generation;

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quickly replacing Baby Boomers.
Demographers have estimated that there
are approximately 80 million people making
up Millennials in the United States, and
some projections show that they could
account for nearly 46 percent of the U.S.
workforce by 2020.
Generation Z represents only 1
percent of the current workforce. While
many members of Generation Z are
still too young to participate in the labor
force, they are set to take the place
as the youngest generation in the
workforce. They appear to have a stronger
entrepreneurial spirit, are less motivated
by money, are less entitled and will
be better prepared for jobs than their
Millennials counterparts.
Surprisingly, given that they
have grown up entirely in the digital
age, they appear to prefer in-person
communications over electronic tools
such as instant messaging and videoconferencing. Even though they prefer
face-to-face interactions, a recent survey
showed that as much as 20 percent of
Generation Z said they would prefer
telecommuting and working at home
over a corporate workspace, compared
to just 11 percent of respondents from
Millennials. Their characteristics seem to
show them to be more realistic instead
of optimistic, they are likely to be more
career-minded and can quickly adapt to
new technology to work more effectively.
Amazingly, this generation is appearing
to have similar characteristics of their
Veteran great grandparents.
There are more pronounced differences
between the generations today than ever
before. What can one expect with the
dramatic changes in our world in the last
60 years? Being aware of these differences
can help individuals tailor their message
for maximum effect, regardless of the task
or the relationship-be it family, friends or
workplace peers.
Good business is based on
understanding others. The majority of us
think the correct way, and the only way, is
our way! In business, as well as in personal
life, that is just not true. To work effectively
and efficiently, to increase productivity
and quality, one needs to understand
generational characteristics and learn how
to use them effectively in dealing with
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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
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 9
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
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 18
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 20
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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