Generation NOW
Surviving and Thriving with 4
Generations in the Workplace
Lori Reed librarytrainer.com
You can view a copy...
To: Help Desk
Subject: My computer
Remember that problem you fixed
the other day. It’s happening again.
Can you come fix i...
WTF…Why is he
such a PITA?
Yeah we’ll fix
your problem
…next year.
Professor Walter T. Franklin
I sure like those
Help Desk guys.
I want to be
friendly so I’ll sign
my name with my
initials...
Generations
are defined by
their shared
experiences
Trends that
affect
generational
change
Parenting Styles
Technology
Life Span
Population
in the
Workforce
Matures 5%
Boomers 45%
Gen X 40%
Gen Y 10%
Matures or
Veterans
• Born before 1945
• Age 64 and older*
* As of 2009
Boomers
• Born 1945 – 1964
• Age 45 - 64*
* As of 2009
Gen X
• Born 1964 – 1980
• Age 45 – 29*
* As of 2009
Gen Y /
Millenials
• Born 1980 - 2000
• Age 29 and younger*
* As of 2009
Matures Boomer Gen X Gen Y
Birth before 1945 1945-1964 1964-1980 1980-2000
Family Traditional Disintegrating Latch key kid...
3 Things That
Appeal to all
Generations
1. Effective
Communication
2. Respect
3. Praise
You can view a copy of this presentation at:
http://www.slideshare.net/lorireed
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace
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  • For the first time in history there are five generations of employees in our libraries.
    Each generation has different learning and communication styles as well as vastly different motivations.
    Learn how to communicate, understand, and appreciate these differences.
    This program is sponsored by GPLS.

    Generational differences can affect everything in the workplace, including recruiting, building teams, dealing with change, motivating, managing, and maintaining and increasing productivity.

    Research indicates that people communicate based on their generational backgrounds.
    Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivations.
  • Source: http://biz.loudoun.gov/Portals/0/BEC%20Information%20Sheet.pdf
  • Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalebdf/881453725/
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  • WWII
    Photo credit: http://www.ptsdsurvivalmanual.net/pix/soldier-weeps-comfort.jpg
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  • Photo credit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/images/watergate_montage_2.gif
  • The Iranian hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 53 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the American embassy in support of the Iranian Revolution.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis


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  • Photo Credit: http://www.thetechland.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/Inventions/Microwave-oven.jpg
  • Data Source: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005140.html
    Image Source: http://daveeriqat.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/us_life_expectancy.png
  • Been in workplace 40+ years
    Used computers ½ of that time

  • 1945 Atomic bomb
    1947 Microwave invented
    1947 Regular TV programs invented
    1950 Korean War
    1954 Brown vs. Board of Education
    1957 Civil Rights Act
    1959 Alaska and Hawaii become states
    1961 Vietnam War Begins
    1968 MLK Assassinated
    1969 Nixon becomes President
    1969 Neil Armstrong walks on moon
    1972 Watergate
  • 1976-7 1st home computers TRS-80 and Commodore
    1979 Iran hostage crisis
    1980 John Lennon assassinated
    1981 MSDOS and IBM PC
    1986 Challenger accident
    1989 Berlin Wall falls
  • 1989 Berlin Wall falls
    1991 AOL for DOS
    1994 1st consumer level digital camera
    2001 ipod hits consumer market
    2006 MySpace invented
  • Transcript of "Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace"

    1. 1. Generation NOW Surviving and Thriving with 4 Generations in the Workplace Lori Reed librarytrainer.com You can view a copy of this presentation at: http://www.slideshare.net/lorireed
    2. 2. To: Help Desk Subject: My computer Remember that problem you fixed the other day. It’s happening again. Can you come fix it right away. WTF
    3. 3. WTF…Why is he such a PITA? Yeah we’ll fix your problem …next year.
    4. 4. Professor Walter T. Franklin I sure like those Help Desk guys. I want to be friendly so I’ll sign my name with my initials W.T.F.
    5. 5. Generations are defined by their shared experiences
    6. 6. Trends that affect generational change
    7. 7. Parenting Styles
    8. 8. Technology
    9. 9. Life Span
    10. 10. Population in the Workforce Matures 5% Boomers 45% Gen X 40% Gen Y 10%
    11. 11. Matures or Veterans • Born before 1945 • Age 64 and older* * As of 2009
    12. 12. Boomers • Born 1945 – 1964 • Age 45 - 64* * As of 2009
    13. 13. Gen X • Born 1964 – 1980 • Age 45 – 29* * As of 2009
    14. 14. Gen Y / Millenials • Born 1980 - 2000 • Age 29 and younger* * As of 2009
    15. 15. Matures Boomer Gen X Gen Y Birth before 1945 1945-1964 1964-1980 1980-2000 Family Traditional Disintegrating Latch key kids Blended Education A dream A birthright A way to get there A huge expense Values •“We” first •Military •Respect •Conformity •Timeliness •Loyal to “me” •Team oriented •Competitive •Workaholics •Face time •“Prove it to me” •Work/Life Balance •Why? •Responsible for own success •Must believe in leader •“Work hard=reward” •Instant gratification •Hive •Job not a way of life but means to provide for outside activities •“Army of 1” •Adult-o-lescence Heroes Army, Navy (not individuals) MLK JKF No common hero Family or someone they know or met (individual)
    16. 16. 3 Things That Appeal to all Generations
    17. 17. 1. Effective Communication 2. Respect 3. Praise
    18. 18. You can view a copy of this presentation at: http://www.slideshare.net/lorireed

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