Working with Different Generations


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A major challenge facing organizations today involves understanding the motives of the new generation entering the workforce and balancing it with the expectations of the existing generations on the work floor. At Robert Half we realize that working with different generations can create conflicts. Therefore we have developed a workshop, research and white papers to create greater awareness around this topic. See for more information.

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Working with Different Generations

  1. 1. WORKING WITH DIFFERENT GENERATIONS V VETERANS (The silent generation) B BABYBOOMERS (The boomer generation) X GENERATION X (The lost generation) Y GENERATION Y (The millennial generation) born before 1946 1946 -1964 1965 - 1980 Born after 1980 Control Open mind Individualism Selfconscious Traditional Creative Flexible Optimistic Disciplined Independent Individualistic Selfconscious Consistent Optimistic Results oriented Longs for flexibility Respectful Loyal Focused on short term Socially involved Needs rules Ambitious Not afraid of changes Teamplayers Attached to order Focused on output Not very loyal to organisations Sets the bar high Working is a need Politically involved Appreciates feedback Multitaskers Interested in own career Attached to status Finds status less important Not afraid to make mistakes Likes to keep things Likes to coach others Attached to own rights Technology is second nature under
  2. 2. WHAT DOES GENERATION Y EXPECT AT WORK? Feedback Generation Y expects to receive feedback all the time. They want to be challenged and they ask for regular evaluations. Recognition Generation Y wants to be recognised. Whereas other generations see the completion of projects as a normal expectation, gen Y wants to hear that they did a good job. Flexibility Generation Y cares about flexibility, such as working from home or limiting long hours. Involvement The working environment matters for generation Y: having close colleagues, working for a good cause and/or product, and feeling that their work adds value to society and provides meaning. Challenges Generation Y is driven by change. They are constantly looking for different challenges and new things to learn and do. Repetition does not stimulate them. Work/life balance Generation Y cares about personal life as much as business life. Work is interesting but only as long as it is balanced evenly with private life. Salary Generation Y expects to receive fair-market value for their services. They prepare and inform themselves thoroughly (via the Internet, salary surveys, etc.) before starting discussions on remuneration, and they know very well what they are worth and how much they should