Earlier this week I was asked to answer the question “What makes you Run with Purpose? What gets you up every morning and keeps you committed and engaged at work?” After babbling for a few minutes I finally landed on “Do what you love and love what you do, or don’t do it.”

For me creating an environment where every employee can bring together their unique talents, with their passions and contribute these daily in the organization so they can ultimately do what they love is my purpose. This got me thinking about talent today, both young talent and our let’s say “mature” talent and I found myself wondering – are we really as different as many seem to suggest?

We have all read the reports regarding Millennials and how by 2025 it is expected that they will make up 75% of the workforce. Today, every research study, article and blog seems to be about Millennials and how organizations must adapt if they want to win the war for this talent. Without a doubt, Millennials are changing the world as we know it (and in my opinion, for the better).

While much of the focus needs to remain on Millennials we also cannot forget about the talent that has taken us to this point in time, who have similar needs and expectations as Millennials.

The real opportunity I see for organizations is to adapt their talent strategies to attract and retain Millennials and at the same time translate these changes to the benefit of current talent. This will undoubtedly result in a more engaged, innovative and happier workplace.

Look for my next blog where I share the top 5 strategies to optimize your workforce for all talent.

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