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Talent Management and Managing Multi-Generations in the Caribbean Workplace

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Talent Management and Managing Multi-Generations in the Caribbean Workplace

  1. 1. 13/09/12 www.barbadostoday.bb Page 33Bridgingthe gap This generation is still alive to tell this tale and with ageing populations throughout the Caribbean, may continue in the workplace for yet another five or more years. Caribbean workplace and next week we will look at part II: “The Talent Management Challenge — Managing Multi- The Independence Generation is clearly marked by a “The Challenges of Managing multi-generations in today’sgenerations in Today’s Caribbean Workplace”: PART I renewed sense of nationhood, free education, a wave of social Caribbean workplace.” and economic empowerment and enfranchisement, democracy Don’t miss 1st Caribbean & Latin Americanby Global Expert Systems and the right to vote. Out of this social change, the region Conference on Talent Management on September Over the next three weeks we will present some of the saw the first wave of Caribbean trained university graduates,challenges HR practitioners and talent managers are likely 25 at the Savannah Hotel, Barbados and the bulk of whom would have risen to positions of middle and September 26 at the Kapok Hotel, Trinidad. Feelto face in the Caribbean while managing what we refer to as senior management today. This first wave of UWI graduatesmulti-generations. Part I will look at the categories and the free to visit Global Expert Systems online at also represent the emergent middle class within the region. http://www.globalexpertsystems.org/index.php/profile of each definition. Part II will examine the challenge, The next generation, that came into being in the 1970sand part III will present some strategies to mitigate against this event/first-caribbean-latin-american-conference- and early 80s, started to enjoy the benefits of Caribbean on-talent-management/ or email us at info@potential workplace problem. nationhood and lost or had very little reference to a past globalexpertsystems.org for more information. colonial era. Categorising Multi-generations Certainly within the context of Barbados and Trinidad Now, chances are that if you are in a typical Caribbean and Tobago, this generation witnessed impressive economiccompany with 50 or more employees, you are most likely growth compared to their foreparents; entered the middleworking with four different generations. We define a class at a much faster rate by dint of increased universitygeneration by approximately 15 to 20 year gaps. Research in matriculation; and reaped many benefits from other socialthe US presents us with four categories: the matures, the baby policies in education, health and housing.boomers, generation X, generation Y and there’s even talk of Of particular note, this is a generation that also paid moregeneration Z (born in the mid 1990s). special attention to family planning and we will see below how When we adapted this research to the Caribbean/Barbados this has had a direct impact on tilting the population curves inreality, borrowing from project management consultant, Ian the region.Walcott, who presented on this topic at the 2008 HRMABConference in Barbados, we see a similar configuration.Walcott refers to the four generations as follows: 1. The Generation of Struggle 2. The Generation of Independence 3. The Post-Independence Generation 4. The Generation of Privilege or the Millennials This configuration will also be relevant for Jamaica,Guyana and Trinidad who all gained independence some50 years ago. Generation Markers In each of above generations there are significanthistorical events that have marked that particular era.For example, it is fairly well known and documented thatthe Moyne Commission came about as a result of the1930s social and political upheaval of the then BritishWest Indian colonies. This is the type of event that isconsidered a generation marker. Therefore, the Generation of Struggle, will be markedby a period of severe social and economic hardship,World Wars, the rise of trade unions and politicalparties, the failed attempt at a West Indies Federation and The above graph shows that we have moved from veryultimately, the granting of universal adult sufferage. young populations in 1950, to a more even distribution by the year 2000 and a projected trend of ageing populations by the year 2050. By then we are expected to have close to a third of the population over the age of 60. The final group in today’s workplace we will refer to as the Generation of Privilege or the Millennials. As the name suggests, this group lives in societies with much higher indices of human development; they travel more; have higher salaries and are more highly educated than even their parents. And, by the way, Generation Z or the Digital Generation has already started to enter the workplace. All this has presented serious challenges in today’s

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