SA: Managing up in today's cross generational workplace

SA: Managing up in today's cross generational workplace
With 4 generations in the workplace managing up has never been more difficult. Come along and hear tips from industry and HR Professionals on how to create a productive and harmonious workplace.

Lately, everyone is ‘talkin bout your generation’, as the song goes. With an age gap of nearly 50 years between the oldest and youngest employees in some organisations, there is a broad range of perspectives, needs and attitudes floating around the office. Today’s workplace is most definitely a multi-generational one – and each generation has its own set of expectations, needs, values and working styles.

While generational diversity in the workforce promotes a broader range of talent, it can often mean conflicting ideas and stereotyping – the Baby Boomers think Generation X needs a stronger work ethic, Generation X sees the Boomers as self-absorbed workaholics, Generation Y is often labelled as selfish and self-entitled and Generation Z is seen as technology focussed and materialistic.

We know these statements are generalised and this is not true for most of us, but still, the perceptions of each generations are well documented in the media and a part of conversations in the workplace around the water cooler and between peers.

Recognising and understanding generational differences can help everyone learn to work together more effectively and transform your workplace from a generation war zone to an age-diverse and productive team. Learn how to get your manager to do what you need them to do- ie recognise you, address their own inadequacies such as poor time management and ineffective delegation skills.

This seminar will assist you to manage up and down the generations and is suitable for all water professionals who desire to work in a productive and harmonious workplace.

HR professional Ms Alison Surjan, Director, Consulting Services, Morton Philips Recruitment will present on her experience as a young director working alongside a senior partner and observations of her clients workplace.  Following this will be an industry panel made up of the different generations giving their thoughts, tips and answers to audience questions. Please see below to view our industry panellists.


Date - April 5th 9.00-am-11.30am
Venue - Parsons Brinckerhoff,  Level 1, 1 King William Street
Cost - Members $25.00 Non Members $35.00

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If you have any questions or your employer is a corporate member of AWA please contact Kerrie Akkermans on 0439 893 304 or for registration assistance. 

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for cancellations however substitute delegates are accepted at no additional cost.

Morton Philips




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Genesse Brown


Student at Flinders University and HR manager at McDonalds

Genesse is our youngest panelist at 22 and she is currently doing a double degree in law and legal practice specializing in business management law and a Bachelors of Arts specializing in corporate criminology. She also works full time as a HR manager at McDonalds.

Baden Myers


Research Engineer at the University of South Australia

Baden is a young academic at UniSA and works with the Australian Flow Management Group, a NATA accredited laboratory for the commercial testing of water meters and flow products as a quality engineer. He graduated with a Bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2005 and completed his PhD in 2010 on stormwater quality and permeable pavement structures.

Victor Cantone


Executive, Water - Victoria and SA

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Victor has been employed within the WSP Water Business for over 14 years and his current role is Section Executive, Water for South Australia and Victoria, managing a team of over 25 specialised water personnel across the region. He obtained first class honours in his engineering degree in 2002, specialising in water engineering and environmental engineering. Victor has also completed the Professional Management Program at the University of Adelaide. He has over 10 years of project management and design management experience, which has recently included design and project management roles for the Hackney Road Trunk Water Main Renewal and the Victor Harbor Wastewater Network Upgrade for SA Water. He is WSP’s Client Manager for SA Water and works inherently with them and other client organisations to deliver successful outcomes.





Manager Water Treatment and Research


She was appointed Program Coordinator of the Water Technology Program within the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment (CRCWQT) which was formally established in July 1995, with responsibility for managing water treatment projects nationally across a number of research organisations. In her role at the AWQC, Mary leads one of the most influential and respected water treatment research groups in Australia. She has over 25 years experience in water treatment and has personally led projects researching a variety of processes including coagulation, disinfection, activated carbon and more recently, membrane systems.


5/04/2017 9:00 AM - 5/04/2017 11:30 AM

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