Generations in the Workforce

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  • Different ways to distinguish generations
  • Do I keep this?
  • Do I keep this?
  • Do I keep this?
  • Sometimes called the silent generationGeneration touch stones: Family in WW II, Depression Parents,
  • Sometimes called the silent generation
  • Sometimes called the silent generation
  • Sometimes called the silent generation
  • Came up boom timesSheer numbersTold they could change the world and believed it.
  • Started as the Baby Bust.Divorce rate tripled during their birth years.Different form of family, an individualistic attitude.Portrayed skeptical lonersNot surprising X Games (individual sports) named after them.
  • Started as the Baby Bust.Cynical loners
  • Started as the Baby Bust.Cynical loners
  • Started as the Baby Bust.Cynical loners
  • Sometimes called Generation Y, Generation NextLarger than the Baby Boom generation
  • Sometimes called Generation Y, Generation NextLarger than the Baby Boom generation
  • Sometimes called Generation Y, Generation NextLarger than the Baby Boom generation
  • Gen X is the Jan Brady generation Between the popular Marsha Boomers and the cute Cindy Millenials
  • Did your observation seem supported?Did your observation about other generations support the comments made by your generation?
  • Talk about Job jumping and the GEN X and MillenialsJob security versus career security
  • Talk about Job jumping and the GEN X and MillenialsJob security versus career security
  • Sometimes called the silent generation
  • Sometimes called the silent generation
  • Sometimes called the silent generation
  • Share the BWW story with Rob and Mitch.
  • Share the BWW story with Rob and Mitch.
  • Share the BWW story with Rob and Mitch.
  • SteveSargent President/CEO of GE Australia. Small Meeting to large presentationn?
  • SteveSargent President/CEO of GE Australia. Small Meeting to large presentationn?
  • Give my email story about putting them in order of position.
  • I need to insert a resource page into any handouts that I might give to participants.
  • Generations in the Workforce

    1. 1. Generationsin the Workplace David Baker iamdavebaker@gmail.com
    2. 2. Goals • Introduce 4 working generations • 3 key areas that affect work • Working with these differences • Resources
    3. 3. Generations
    4. 4. Generations• Birthrates
    5. 5. Generations• Shared Life Events
    6. 6. Generations• Around 20 years
    7. 7. Generalizations
    8. 8. Generalizations• I identify with these characteristics.
    9. 9. Generalizations• I don’t identify with these characteristics.
    10. 10. 4 Working Generations
    11. 11. 4 Working Generations 7%
    12. 12. 4 Working Generations 40%
    13. 13. 4 Working Generations 36%
    14. 14. 4 Working Generations 17%
    15. 15. 4 Working Generations 100% of the workforce
    16. 16. Make a note.
    17. 17. Make a note.• One thought on each generation.
    18. 18. Make a note.• Traditionalist 1922 - 1945• Baby Boomers 1946 - 1964• Generation X 1965 - 1980• Millennial 1981 - 2001
    19. 19. Traditionalist• 1922 – 1945• Loyal• Hierarchy• Traditional• Tech Challenged
    20. 20. Traditionalist They’re too rigid.
    21. 21. Traditionalist Set in their ways.
    22. 22. Traditionalist Trustworthy
    23. 23. Boomers• 1946-1964• Optimistic• Competitive• Work Centric• Goal Oriented
    24. 24. Boomers They are self absorbed.
    25. 25. Boomers Lighten up, it’s only a job.
    26. 26. Boomers They work too much.
    27. 27. Generation X• 1965-1980• Individualistic• Skeptical• Technology Adept• Flexible• Balance
    28. 28. Generation X They don’t respect authority.
    29. 29. Generation X They are slackers.
    30. 30. Generation X Cheer Up!
    31. 31. Millennials• 1981-2001• Team Oriented• Tech Savvy• Multi-Taskers• Family-Centric• Civic Minded• Love Attention
    32. 32. Millennials They need to toughen up
    33. 33. Millennials They need too much attention.
    34. 34. Millennials Here we go again…
    35. 35. Make a note.• Let’s take a look.
    36. 36. 3 Key Areas
    37. 37. Work is…
    38. 38. Work is… An obligation An adventure. A means to an end A Contract
    39. 39. Work is… An obligation An adventure. Now what? A means to an end A Contract
    40. 40. Mentoring
    41. 41. Mentoring• Relationships• Not Micromanaging• Not Rigid• Feedback
    42. 42. Training
    43. 43. Communication
    44. 44. Communication In Person Formal Memo • Feedback not • No news is necessary good news In person not Direct necessary Immediate • Instant • How am I doing?
    45. 45. Communication In Person Formal Memo • Feedback not • No news is necessary good news Now what? In person not Direct necessary Immediate • Instant • How am I doing?
    46. 46. Communication What is the What actions message I want do I want as a to convey? result? How do I want How should I them to feel? adjust my style to the audience?
    47. 47. Teams and Meetings
    48. 48. Teams and Meetings Great a team. It takes a Lead me. village. No one is Team, left behind. Schmeam.
    49. 49. Teams and Meetings Great a team. It takes a Lead me. village. Now what? No one is Team, left behind. Schmeam.
    50. 50. Teams and Meetings Assign roles Talk it out. and tasks. Specific Collaboration. Feedback, An agenda.
    51. 51. This is good news
    52. 52. This is good news• no really, it is.
    53. 53. This is good news• “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isnt thinking.” General Patton
    54. 54. What else do we do?• “Now you know and knowing is half the battle.”G.I. Joe
    55. 55. Resources
    56. 56. Questions?

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