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About 25 attend ‘Lunch and Learn’ program on workforce

Approximately 25 businessmen and women attended a “Lunch and Learn” program on March 8 at the Gloucester Library about the nature of today’s changing workforce.

Hosted by the Gloucester Economic Development Department, the program focused on what it is like having four generations of workers in the present workforce.

Lesa Hanlin, associate director of the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center, and Melissa Maybury, Ph.D., director of the Virginia Tech Richmond and Hampton Roads centers, talked about the communication problems that exist in the workforce.

Economic development coordinator Linda Evans said that workers from one era are not as used to certain language as those who entered the job market at a different time. Some workers are not communicating clearly to those of other generations, she said. Part of the new workforce is the addition of increased numbers of older workers, Evans said, many who continued to work or got back into the workforce following the rece...

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