Millennials care about CONNECTION. We need to try to connect and provide like a constant interaction via social media on a VARIETY of platforms.
Normally they spend more then 18 hours a day consuming media.
I personally think it's not only networking on linkedin, fb, MyASQ, etc, but also about relationships. REAL friendships with real people that share a common goal and
want to make a difference.
I am the vice-chair of the Santo Domingo Section and in our last meetings we opened a discussion about that. We get the conclusion that Gen X and Millennial are more visual, and they prefer platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. We were trying to make a strategic planning with our post on those platforms to boost the new members engagement. In our accounts you can find infographics with the ASQ information and pictures with quotes related with quality.
Also, like Luigi said, those generations prefer the real networking. I can make a testimony about that. I am 32 years old and I love to talk with experience people in the quality field of any kind industry to get a wide angle of our profession and passion. Sometimes I found a quick solution when I talk with experts in quality that are consultants or are retired and they feel happy to talk with me about my problems in the company and help me to find the correct solution.
I think the visual content and the networking are the keys to boost the new members engagement. Furthermore, I think people like to be immerse in P2P activities like the world conference and workshops. I think the ASQ need to improve they efforts on that and foment the use of the MyASQ website.
Interesting information. Talking about Gen X and Millennials we use the terms connected in a cyberspace context. The other items that are associated with P2P, Person to Person, are the same draw that I had to ASQ 30 years ago. Contact with others that had more experience to talk through issues I had or learn from their experiences. This was not by traveling to conferences, it was at local section meetings. I know my section leadership works hard to present a variety of topics and provide that P2P contact so we may learn from each other. Back to the Interesting Information, we try to invent the latest methods to connect but forget, we were the same age with the same desires at one time and there are tried methods that may still apply.
I was excited about joining ASQ four years ago; and I was ridiculously excited to learn that there were local ASQ chapters. I'd just relocated to one of the largest cities in the US; and barring normal work hours, I had a ton of free time to do all of those things people do when they move to a new place. I attended every one of my local chapter's monthly professional dinner meetings for well over a year.
My attendance stopped when I finally accepted that ASQ was just not interested in the likes of someone like me. At that point, I'd worked in Quality for a short four years. I was new. I was eager. I wanted to be involved and to meet other Quality professionals. During what I'll call my ASQ bliss, I made sincere and steady attempts to become involved with my local chapter. I volunteered to work the door for dinner meetings, to help with menial tasks during any stage of the annual regional conference, I offered to assist with clerical activities. I'd like to say that nothing panned out; but that phrasing implies that there was interaction, mutual interest. And there wasn't. Instead, there was radio silence. When I realized and accepted what was happening -- or better, what wasn't happening -- I was incredibly embarrassed, a bit humiliated, and gave up.
The best way to engage people of my generation is as simple as communicating and providing opportunities for involvement.
Carla J Comb
Documentation Manager, Lead QMS Auditor
Hello Carla Comb. My name is Forrest Rattray. I am the Chair for ASQ Greater Houston Section 1405. I'm very sorry to hear you had this experience with your local chapters. You previous post doesn't mention which chapters or cities. However, the Greater Houston Section 1405 chapter has monthly Professional Development Dinner Meetings located at the United Way Center every 3rd Thursday of the month except for July and November. you can find out more information of those meetings on our website https://www.asqhouston.org/ and myASQ page https://my.asq.org/communities/home/214
We are always seeking members to volunteer with one or many of our committees. You may find more information about those committees on our website https://www.asqhouston.org/contact-us/ as well and contact email addresses for each.
You may also contact me anytime here on myASQ or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 1405 Greater Houston
Carla Comb I had a similar experience in my local ASQ chapter. It will be two years next month since I have attended any meetings or local events. However, I have found what I was looking for in the ITEA judge community. As an auditor you may enjoy participating as well. You have to apply in the summer, I think June or July, if you're interested you might want to make a note of it.
I find this discussion odd given that many sections have difficulty getting new people to volunteer. It would be interesting to know how the outreaches occurred and what specific responses there were. Perhaps there needs to be a better defined process for how people can volunteer.
Amanda Foster: Carla Comb I had a similar experience in my local ASQ chapter. It will be two years next month since I have attended any meetings or local events. However, I have found what I was looking for in the ITEA judge community. As an auditor you may enjoy participating as well. You have to apply in the summer, I think June or July, if you're interested you might want to make a note of it.
I'd suggest the active members do brown bags on quality topics at their companies, especially the high-tech/streaming media companies. When I worked for Google Cloud last year, I attended ASQ meetings in that area, but if I mentioned ASQ at work, people went "Huh? What's that? Oh, you mean the inspection group." Their perception was AQLs, Deming and calipers to measure stuff. I'm a PCI QSA, IT Auditor, ISO 27001 Auditor and haven't handled calipers since the late 1980's (yep, I'm old). ASQ needs to tailor its appeal to the work the millenials and GenXers are actually doing. Like, secure quality code development, encryption key management, PKI,Quality By Design aligned with Security by Design, management and maintenance of cloud services (IaaS, SaaS, etc.). ASQ is stuck on hardware in the most holisitc sense, but doesn't 'get' the virtual environment that these groups work and live in. Offer these companies some free 45 minute "brown bags", go talk about ASQ, maybe have a Meet-and-Greet free buffet for anyone interested once or twice a year. Have booths for incoming freshmen at the colleges, tell 'em about all the glories of Quality Improvement, Quality Engineering, etc. Bottom Line: Don't sit on your butts waiting for them to come to you. ASQ isn't a bonus for them, so make it something of value.
Thank you everyone who commented. Much food for thought.
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