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Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace

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Presentation for COMO in Columbus, GA October 9, 2009

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Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With 4 Generations in the Workplace

  1. 1. Generation NOW Surviving and Thriving with 4 Generations in the Workplace Lori Reed librarytrainer.com You can view a copy of this presentation at: http://www.slideshare.net/lorireed
  2. 2. To: Help Desk Subject: My computer Remember that problem you fixed the other day. It’s happening again. Can you come fix it right away. WTF
  3. 3. WTF…Why is he such a PITA? Yeah we’ll fix your problem …next year.
  4. 4. Professor Walter T. Franklin I sure like those Help Desk guys. I want to be friendly so I’ll sign my name with my initials W.T.F.
  5. 5. Generations are defined by their shared experiences
  6. 6. Trends that affect generational change
  7. 7. Parenting Styles
  8. 8. Technology
  9. 9. Life Span
  10. 10. Population in the Workforce Matures 5% Boomers 45% Gen X 40% Gen Y 10%
  11. 11. Matures or Veterans • Born before 1945 • Age 64 and older* * As of 2009
  12. 12. Boomers • Born 1945 – 1964 • Age 45 - 64* * As of 2009
  13. 13. Gen X • Born 1964 – 1980 • Age 45 – 29* * As of 2009
  14. 14. Gen Y / Millenials • Born 1980 - 2000 • Age 29 and younger* * As of 2009
  15. 15. Matures Boomer Gen X Gen Y Birth before 1945 1945-1964 1964-1980 1980-2000 Family Traditional Disintegrating Latch key kids Blended Education A dream A birthright A way to get there A huge expense Values •“We” first •Military •Respect •Conformity •Timeliness •Loyal to “me” •Team oriented •Competitive •Workaholics •Face time •“Prove it to me” •Work/Life Balance •Why? •Responsible for own success •Must believe in leader •“Work hard=reward” •Instant gratification •Hive •Job not a way of life but means to provide for outside activities •“Army of 1” •Adult-o-lescence Heroes Army, Navy (not individuals) MLK JKF No common hero Family or someone they know or met (individual)
  16. 16. 3 Things That Appeal to all Generations
  17. 17. 1. Effective Communication 2. Respect 3. Praise
  18. 18. You can view a copy of this presentation at: http://www.slideshare.net/lorireed

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