By Lowell Brown, originally posted on American Bar.

Organizations must do more to build a culture of engagement if they want to thrive in a future workforce dominated by Millennials. That was the key message from the “Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace” session at the 2017 NABE Annual Meeting in New York.

Millennials—typically defined as people born between either 1978 or 1982 and 2000—will make up half of the workforce by 2020, as Baby Boomers retire in numbers too great for the smaller Generation X to replenish, said Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Wayland, Mass.-based Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership. To succeed in that environment, bar associations and other organizations should be more intentional about building intergenerational teams and engaging Millennial employees and members, Rikleen said, stressing that “institutional sustainability is at stake.”

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