Four Generations In The Workplace: Top 10 Signs of Multigenerational Issues

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If you've ever heard, thought, or felt any of these things, your team may have multi-generational issues. Find out how to adapt to four generations in the workplace!

If you've ever heard, thought, or felt any of these things, your team may have multi-generational issues. Find out how to adapt to four generations in the workplace!

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  • 1. four generations in the workplace ... or top 10 signs of multi-generational issues This presentation reflects my personal opinion Sacha Chua and not the official opinion of my employer. sachac@ca.ibm.com © 2009 IBM
  • 2. four generations in the workplace Matures The Great Depression, WW II ~ 64 and older, < 1945 Baby Boomers Civil rights, Woodstock, Beatles 45 – 64 years old, 1945-1964 Generation X The Gulf War, Atari & Nintendo 27 – 45 years old, 1964-1980 Generation Y 9/11, the Internet ~ 28 and younger, 1980-2000
  • 3. 1 “I don't have any multi-generational issues.” a) You're a great manager. Teach others. b) The issues are there, you just can't see them. c) You don't have any issues... yet.
  • 4. 2 “When she retires, our team will be in big trouble!” Asset repositories are not the answer. Mentorship is better, but it takes time. Don't burn your bridges.
  • 5. 3 “No thanks to the stock market, I'll be working for a long time!” “Retirement” is changing. Build opportunities for engagement and growth. Watch out for frustration.
  • 6. 4 “He's so set in his ways.” Understand why people resist change. Acknowledge different motivations and needs. Watch out for age bias.
  • 7. 5 “60-hour weeks never killed anyone.” Life needs and work expectations change. Some people live to work. Others work to live. Look for a healthy balance.
  • 8. 6 “Where am I going to find the time to do everything?” Check your assumptions. Delegate tasks and develop people. Learn from people across generations.
  • 9. 7 “Working at home? I bet he's sleeping.” Watch out for presenteeism. Focus on results. Reach out and connect.
  • 10. 8 “Why can't I hire, engage, and keep anyone under 30?” Reach out and connect. Show people how they help make a difference. 2 – 3 years is long-term.
  • 11. 9 “Stop surfing and start working!” Understand the need for connection. Find out what engages people. Focus on results.
  • 12. 10. “Why does she want to use blogs, wikis, and all that stuff?” Mentoring works both ways. Try out new ways of working, and adopt the best. Watch out for anxiety and frustration.
  • 13. 1. I don't have any multi-generational issues. 2. When she retires, our team will be in big trouble! 3. No thanks to the stock market, I'll be working for a long time! 4. He's so set in his ways. 5. 60-hour weeks never killed anyone. 6. Where am I going to find the time to do everything? 7. Working at home? I bet he's sleeping. 8. Why can't I hire, engage, and keep anyone under 30? 9. Stop surfing and start working! 10. Why does she want to use blogs, wikis, and all that stuff? http://passitalong.tap.ibm.com/topic/show/155 sachac@ca.ibm.com
  • 14. Slides and discussion: Four Generations in the Workplace: Top 10 Signs of Multigenerational Issues http://slideshare.net/sachac/four-generations-in-the-workplace Other resources: Generation Blend Rob Salkowitz, 2008 When Generations Collide Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman, 2002 Generations at Work Ron Zemke, Claire Raines and Bob Filipczak, 2000 sachac@ca.ibm.com