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  • Bridging an Age-Diverse Workforce

    The generational gap is ever growing as people are living longer and retiring later while younger generations are starting to enter the workforce. For the first time ever, five generations coexist in a given organization. This can present challenges in the workplace. A major challenge being blending of groups into cohesive productive teams. There are unique advantages as well for unprecedented innovation though utilization of extensive wisdom and knowledge, along with fresh perspectives.While every generation is unique they all share one common interest: they want to be heard.

    This presentation will focus on understanding the unique differences between the generational groups and provide tools for working with and engaging each group based off their cultural needs and wants. Successful organizations view their multigenerational workforce as a blessing, not a curse. This presentation will focus on embracing the benefits of an age-diverse workforce to achieve organizations advantage.

    Sarah Kangas-Hanes, Director of Human Resources for the City of Aberdeen

    Sarah Kangas-HanesSarah Kangas-Hanes started her career in the field of human resources in 2010 as a Human Resources Generalist for a multistate agricultural company, in 2014 she transitioned to the public sector as a recruiter for Pullman Regional Hospital. In 2016 she was promoted to Senior Recruiter and finally Director of Human Resources for the City of Aberdeen in 2017.

    Sarah has a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. Sarah is a senior level certified professional in human resources through the human resources certification institute, this is the highest level of certification available. She is also a certified professional in human resources through the society of human resource management.

    Sarah is a leader in her career field as well as in her personal life. She has presented at many conferences on workplace culture, performance management, and recruiting. In her free time, she volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.

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