Millennial Mashup

Being the Office Newbie

Ericka Gordon

by Ericka Gordon | 10/26/2016

Being the newbie at work is intimidating. Fresh out of school, you really don’t know anything about how things actually work in your field. There’s a huge gap between education and the workforce, but that’s a massive topic that I wont get into today. So yes, as I was saying, you have no clue what you’re doing. You wake up earlier than you did for those dreadful 8 a.m. classes, you dress up like an adult hoping no one will notice you’re an imposter, you sit in that awful traffic your parents used to complain so much about and spend eight hours trying not to leave the entire office with the impression that you’re a complete idiot. That’s a lot of pressure.

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Interning: An Inside Look

Ericka Gordon

by Ericka Gordon | 09/30/2016

There are many different types of internships. They range from fetching other people’s coffee to having the chance to get your hands on real work. I even came across an internship that allots one lucky applicant the opportunity to travel literally anywhere they want around the world (I’m talking multiple locations here) for two months. They called it an unternship. The person selected gets to map out their own adventure to gain real-world experience outside of a cubicle on the company’s dime.

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Managing Millennials: How to Become a Millennial Whisperer Pt. 3

Ericka Gordon

by Ericka Gordon | 08/29/2016

There’s nothing better than having a company court you in an effort to bring you on to their team. Welcome to the land of FREE.99, price on everything: FREE!

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We Know, We Know You Know, and What You Need to Know

Jon Souders

by Jon Souders | 07/29/2016

There is an elephant in the room so to speak, and quite frankly, I have no problem addressing it.

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Seven Ways Millennials Can Make the Next Sales Call Better Than Their Last 

Brandon Gross

by Brandon Gross | 07/06/2016

In today’s saturated world of copier sales, it’s more important than ever that millennial copier sales reps are able to differentiate themselves. For reps entering this industry, the pressure to obtain extensive product knowledge is fierce. Speeds and feeds and knowing them better than your competition is what previous generations of reps hung their hats on for years. However, this will not serve in your best interest. The ability to stand out as someone your clients can relate to and trust, to be a true consultant when it comes to their imaging solutions, is paramount. The up-and-coming group of “millennial” sales reps in our industry are in a special position to learn from the old and bring in the new to position themselves and their dealerships with a clear, competitive advantage.

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Managing Millennials: How to Become the Millennial Whisperer Pt. 2

Ericka Gordon

by Ericka Gordon | 06/29/2016

Millennial managers are still dropping knowledge. Last month we talked about how to keep your millennial employees motivated. This time around we’re covering tips and tricks for the management process overall.

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Managing Millennials: How to Become the Millennial Whisperer, Pt. 1

Ericka Gordon

by Ericka Gordon | 06/01/2016

A manager’s job is to train the next generation. They want us to know how to sit, shake, stand and even roll over. As young millennials we’re sort of like puppies. We’re still trying to figure out how to adult and unfortunately we put up a lot of resistance along the way. I asked a handful of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers how they manage to keep their millennial employees motivated throughout this training process and got some valuable feedback. I’ll start things off with this great quote from a woman I spoke with.

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Our Ideal Office Culture: Millennials Speak

Ericka Gordon

by Ericka Gordon | 05/02/2016

Your office culture can make or break you in the eyes of millennials. Typically, people spend more time at their office than they do at home during the week, so when accepting a job offer we want to make sure the office is an environment we can enjoy. For Part 2 of my Millennials Speak series I talked with some of my peers to find out what a millennial’s ideal office culture is. This diverse group of millennials come from a variety of professional backgrounds, but there was a consistent tone across the board. Here are the five must haves:

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The Millennial Wave and What it Means for the Managed Print Services Industry

Alan Leal

by Alan Leal | 04/18/2016

I’m at a red light. Instinctively, I take a quick glance at my phone and press the home button (it’s almost primal — I can barely control the urge). So what’s behind this urge? Simple. I need to know, at all times, if there’s someone trying to reach me, or if there’s been a huge signing by the New York Yankees that could change the face of our franchise (you know being a diehard Yankees fan, and all).

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Can Millennials Make Government Workflows Efficient?

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 04/06/2016

(Author's note: I am in no way a millenial, nor do I pretend to be one. I just have the technology needs of one and sometimes write about them).
I have a confession to make. I did not vote in the last primary election. Please don’t judge me. It’s not really my fault. You see, it was a workflow issue.

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Our Dream Boss: Millennials Speak

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 04/05/2016

by Ericka Gordon | 4/5/16

As a millennial I sometimes feel like a lab rat. The number of articles, columns and blogs on the internet that focus on trying to describe the perfect formula for how to manage millennials is a little shocking. As I read through all these articles and blogs I get a mental picture in my head. I envision all of us millennials sitting on one side of the glass and the older generations on the other side studying us, writing down our every move.

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By Definition, I Am a Millennial — Whatever That Means

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 03/24/2016

Jenna Stramaglioby Jenna Stramaglio | 3/24/16

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Millennialsare born between 1982 and 2000 and represent more than one quarter of the of the nation’s population. We also carry 1 trilliondollars in student loan debt … YAY! We have all read the statistics and everyone keeps talking about us like we are some enigma, but if everyone would just take a step back and see us for what we are then there would be no problem. We are just another generation that is different than the one that preceded us — just like Gen-X and just like the Baby Boomers.

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A Millennial Viewpoint: Why Your Paper Process is Driving Away Talent

NoahMithrushby Noah Mithrush | 3/15/16

I’m going to be blunt and straightforward, because I only have another 600 words or so to show you why your slow paper processes are driving away millennial talent. I have never used a fax machine. Call me new-fashioned. I think those machines are extinct now, right? They should be. What about that whole process of signing a document, where you send it to me as a PDF, I print it, sign it, scan it, email it to myself, then forward it back to you. I did that once (HA!).

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Finding Millennials: There Are Plenty of Us to Go Around

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 02/15/2016

by Ericka Gordon | 2/15/16

I’m actually shocked by the notion that employers can’t find enough millennials looking for work. At 24 years old I fall right in the middle of my generation in terms of the age range. Most of the millennials I know landed their first job this past year or have actively been looking for their first job. So, the idea that employers can’t find younger job seekers is hard for me to comprehend. However, I’ve heard this complaint a number of times and by now you guys should know I’m a bigadvocate for communication, so let’s talk about it. Where do millennials go to look for jobs?

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Breaking the Communication Barrier

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 01/22/2016

by Ericka Gordon | 1/22/16

I can see why Baby Boomers and Gen Xers wouldn’t be interested in getting to know their millennial co-workers (and vice versa). What could we possibly have in common, right? We millennials spent our weekend out on the town at concerts and trendy bars while you spent yours in a gymnasium or on a field watching your son/daughter’s sports team. But how we spent our weekends is the very least of what we have to offer each other. Once we get past the “How was your weekend?” small talk there’s an opportunity to learn some personality traits about each other that could be really beneficial to the business.

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A Millennial’s Opinion

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 12/21/2015

by Ericka Gordon | 12/21/15

It’s a curse and a blessing to be a millennial in the workforce. It’s a curse because no one takes you seriously. Everyone assumes you don’t know what you’re doing and even worse, that you don’t care to learn. Well, I’ve got four years of higher education that suggest otherwise. Matter of fact, as a millennial, the struggle to convince someone you’re worth hiring is enough to make you consider going back to school to learn even more. But, it’s a blessing because everyone wants to know your thoughts. No one can deny the fact that 
millennials’ opinions are relevant. If millennials’ opinions weren’t relevant, I wouldn’t have been asked to write this column. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Here comes that sense of entitlement.” But does it count if it’s true?

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Millennial Marketing Chat

The Imaging Channel

by The Imaging Channel | 06/17/2015

by Patricia Ames | 6/17/15
 

In an exclusive online extension of the popular Channel Chat feature, I had the chance to explore how the Millennials approach the June theme of “Best Practices in Sales & Marketing” with PrintFleet’s crack marketing team – Elise McFarlane and Kristen Deyo.

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