Generations at Work
Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millenials…oh my! Organizations must create a productive environment with a vast range of unique generations in the workforce.
Recognizing how workforce demographics are changing is vital to reducing tension and maintaining productive staff relationships. With Baby Boomers exiting the workplace and the Gen Y population increasing, new management skills are necessary.
Our training will…
- Increase successful collaboration between
- Reduce tension and dismissive behavior
- Pave the way for integrating younger workers
What if Tony Bennett, the Beatles and Justin Bieber all worked on a project together. Imagine the communication gap! But if that was solved, the results would be amazing. Successful collaboration leads to more innovation, improved quality and knowledge sharing. Sounds great, right? So what’s the big deal about multiple generations in the workplace? For starters, this is the first time in history when there is a significant presence of FOUR generations in the workforce. And the rest might surprise you.
Yes. Millennials are the youngest in the workforce and Baby Boomers are currently the largest population in the workforce. Let’s compare some generational traits that can impact workplace harmony:
|View of work||Live to work||Work to live|
|View on corporate authority and hierarchy||Important||Don’t care what your title is;
experienced the self-esteem
|Salary and compensation||Work hard to get it||Simply expect it|
|View on the future||It is ours!||Might not happen!|
|View on Technology||Reluctant to embrace it||Masters; always technically connected|
Generational rapport is critical to creating an environment of group effort, robust dialogue and high performance. According to research reported in Managing the Millennials, here’s the rub: “More than 60 percent of employers say that they are experiencing tension between employees from different generations. More than 70 percent of older employees are dismissive of younger workers’ abilities. 50 percent of younger employees are dismissive of the abilities of their older coworkers. The tension is so thick in some organizations that it has become debilitating.”
The Millennial Generation is the largest since the Baby Boomers. Corporate activities that have seemed relatively clear cut have now become challenging with a generation coming on board with innate notions of entitlement, technology and high self-esteem dancing in their heads. Companies that proactively integrate this new group will save themselves a great deal of time and expense.