Following are the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive about Next Generation Consulting.
Q: Who is the "next" generation?
A: There are currently four generations in the workplace - a unique situation in America's history. They are:
Although different demographers use different birth dates and terms, we use Strauss and Howe's definitions, taken from their book, Generations. For more on Strauss and Howe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Strauss. We also encourage you to read this blog post , on what we'll name the next new generation.
Q: What does Next Generation Consulting do?
A: We study trends - demographic, environmental, economic, technology, political, social and lifestyle trends. Our claim to fame is helping cities and companies attract and keep next-gen workers by becoming places they love. Learn more.
Q: I heard Rebecca Ryan speak, how do I find out more?
A: We have a special page just for new fans like you. For more about Rebecca.
Q: What does the next generation look for in a Next City?
A: Lots of things! A 2002 report, Hot Jobs-Cool Communities studied 43 variables, ranging from farmers' markets to recreation areas to number of actors and nightclubs per capita. Since then, we've worked to group these variables into seven indexes. These seven indexes for a "Handprint." Your community's "Handprint" shows how cool you are in each index, according to young people. Learn more about handprints.
Q: What is the next generation looking for in a job or career?
A: It's difficult to speak for millions of people, but generally most younger employees would like good mentors and managers, control over their time, challenging work, and the tools, technology and training to do their jobs well. Beyond that, check out the six drivers of Next Companies.
Q: How old is Next Generation Consulting? Why did Rebecca start it?
A: Next Generation was born on April Fools Day, 1998. Rebecca expounds on why she started Next Generation - and a day-in-the-life-of-a-consultant - in this short video .
Q: How many employees does Next Generation have?
A: It depends on how slammed we are with work. Check us out here.