Generations in the workplace

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Generations in the workplace

  1. 1. GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE Silent Boomers Gen Xers Millennials
  2. 2. The Four Generations Silents (1933-1945) Gen X (1965-1976) Boomers (1946-1964) Millennials (1977-1998) Boomers 34% Gen Xers 18% Millenials 33% Silents 15%
  3. 3. Silents <ul><li>Believe that hard work and </li></ul><ul><li>dedication leads to rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Punctual and rarely miss work </li></ul><ul><li>Committed to organization </li></ul><ul><li>Respect Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Not self-promoting </li></ul>
  4. 4. Working With Silents <ul><li>What they bring to the team </li></ul><ul><li>Superb interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><li>Good work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Areas of Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>May struggle with the diversity </li></ul><ul><li>of the workforce </li></ul><ul><li>May struggle with technology </li></ul>
  5. 5. Boomers <ul><li>“ Me” generation </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive and hard-working, </li></ul><ul><li>started the 60 hr work week </li></ul><ul><li>Get the job done at any cost </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as sacrificing personal life </li></ul><ul><li>to achieve professional goals </li></ul><ul><li>New outlook: They’re getting a life. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Working With Boomers <ul><li>What they bring to the team </li></ul><ul><li>Driven and service-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Good team players </li></ul><ul><li>Areas of Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Self-promoting </li></ul>
  7. 7. Generation X <ul><li>Latchkey kids </li></ul><ul><li>Digest information rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>Witnessed corporate downsizing </li></ul><ul><li>and demise of lifetime employment </li></ul><ul><li>May not sacrifice personal life for a company </li></ul>
  8. 8. Working With Gen Xers <ul><li>What they bring to the team </li></ul><ul><li>Open to receiving feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Good at networking </li></ul><ul><li>Areas of Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Nomadic </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel Processing </li></ul>
  9. 9. Millennials <ul><li>Cooperative, civic-minded </li></ul><ul><li>and intellectually curious </li></ul><ul><li>Have mostly known affluence </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful work that makes a </li></ul><ul><li>difference in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Value information and technology </li></ul>
  10. 10. Working With Millenials <ul><li>What they bring to the team </li></ul><ul><li>Good at multi-tasking </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Areas of Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Strong parental attachment </li></ul><ul><li>Need more recognition </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Recognize generational differences when communicating with a co-worker </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate each other’s perspective </li></ul>Respecting Each Other
  12. 12. Were You Listening? <ul><li>Answer each question True or False. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>There are five different generations </li></ul><ul><li>in the workplace today. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>There are four different generations: Silents, Boomers, Generation X, and Millennial Generation </li></ul>False
  14. 14. True or False <ul><li>Boomers were responsible for </li></ul><ul><li>the sixty hour work week. </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers believe in promotion through long hours at work and started the 60+ hour workweek. </li></ul>True
  15. 15. <ul><li>Xers are the nomadic generation. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>Generation Xers are independent and not afraid to leave a company if they are not happy. </li></ul>True
  16. 16. <ul><li>One of the ways to help overcome the conflict between the generations is to spend time learning about your differences. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>Yes, the more you know about a generation and a person, the better you understand how they work, communicate and view the world. </li></ul>True
  17. 17. <ul><li>Companies can benefit from the </li></ul><ul><li>creativity of the mixed groups. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>Mixed teamwork can bring about creativity and negative feelings are pushed aside. </li></ul>True
  18. 18. <ul><li>Millennials and Veterans are connected </li></ul><ul><li>because of their patriotic values. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>Because of 9-11, Millennials feel a connection to the war generation, the Veterans. </li></ul>True
  19. 19. <ul><li>Veterans make up the largest </li></ul><ul><li>generation in the workplace. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>The largest generation in the workplace is the Boomer generation. </li></ul>False
  20. 20. <ul><li>Millennials want a work environment that makes a difference in the world. </li></ul>True or False <ul><li>Millennials want to work for a company that is doing something for the outside community. </li></ul>True
  21. 21. Our objective today was to give you a better understanding of the diversity of our workforce. Hopefully you’ve gained knowledge that will help you appreciate and value the generational differences.
  22. 22. Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em – Beverly Kaye & Sharon Jordan-Evans The Learning Café; Generations Issue – Devon Scheef & Diane Thielfoldt Four Generations in the Workplace – Cameron Marston Generations at Work – Ron Zimki, Claire Raines and Bob Filipczak Resources

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