Mike Kachilla Presents at LINC Luncheon

September 24, 2015

By Brandon Lucas

ALLIANCE, Ohio – On September 22, the University of Mount Union opened its annual LINC (Lunch, Information, Networking and Conversation) series with professor Mike Kachilla.

Kachilla is associate professor of management, internship coordinator, professional in residence and director of Entrepreneurial Studies at Mount Union.

In his presentation, “Did Everyone Get Trophies? Understanding the Generational Differences,” Kachilla examined how there are four generations of adults in the workforce today. With the workforce comprising of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials, each of these generations comes from a different background and has learned a different work ethic.

Starting with the Traditionalists (born before 1946), Kachilla explained how they experienced events such as the Great Depression, World War II and first introduction to the radio, which shaped their worldviews. With these events, it turned many adults into straightforward thinkers, collectors and savers and believing in the phrase “boss knows best.” Following the Traditionalists were the Baby Boomers (1946-1964), who were born into families who believed in kids not economy thus having families of around 10 plus children. With millions of children being born, the Baby Boomers reversed the population trend and eventually lead to better school systems and were able to live healthier lives compared to previous generations. With events such as the first moon landing and first home television, many Baby Boomers were led to believe they lived in a generation where anything was possible.

After the Baby Boomers came Generation X (1964-1980). Generation X lived in an environment in which both parents worked to support the family. Due to this, their children were soon called “latch key kids” due to them coming home from school to an empty home. Some of the events witnessed by Generation X included Watergate, the use of personal computers and the Munich Olympics. Lastly, Kachilla discussed the Millennials (1980-2000). He explained how this generation is heavily technology orientated and is also the busiest generation. Millennials live in an environment in which parents value their childrens’ input, which helped put the focus back on the child.

Kachilla wrapped up his presentation by discussing various tips on working with different generations. He said the best approach is to adjust, adapt to various situations and most of all, enjoy working with people of all generations.

LINC is held on the fourth Tuesday during the months of September, October, November, January, February and March and features an hour of food, discussion on a current topic with one of the University’s faculty members and a chance to interact with members of the University and greater Alliance community. Lunch begins promptly at noon. The program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and conclude by 1 p.m.

The cost to attend an individual LINC is $10; there is also a seasonal package for $50. A season pass guarantees a saved spot at each event. Payment is accepted prior to the event by check via mail; tickets can also be purchased at the door, but advanced reservations are required.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Molly Fulton at (330) 823-6063 or linc@mountunion.edu.

 

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