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RESTalk EP27: Hiring the Next Generation of Workers with Clint Shireman

Jun 27, 2019

I’m not trying to ’cause a big s-s-sensation (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
~ My Generation (The Who)

Generational differences: they can be hard to ignore, and sometimes cause unnecessary conflict. However, those of different generations working together often speak of more enriching experiences.

Listen in as our host Bill Spohn (a baby boomer) talks with Clint Shireman of Knauf Insulation (a millennial) on what he has learned about the differences in the generations and how differences impact the work environment, especially the construction trades.

We discuss the definitions and group sizes of the five generations (it’s not just about millennials) currently in the workforce while noting the impacts made by historical, societal, and lately the technological and communication-related changes that affect all generations in different ways.

From Baby Boomers to helicopter parents, to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the conversation covers a lot of ground as these topics relate to hiring, setting expectations and retaining employees of all generations.

Follow the links below for a copy of Clint’s’ slides and notes on this topic from his recent session at the 2019 RESNET Building Performance Conference.



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About our RESTalk guest: Clint Shireman is a training manager for Knauf Insulation. He works with builders and installers nationwide, teaching building science, and spreading best practices. He’s also heavily involved with the High Performance Insulation Professionals, an insulation trade group that’s focused on improving the quality of residential insulation work. Prior to Knauf, Clint worked as a contractor doing whole-house retrofits.