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Managing 5 Generations in the Workplace Noon Knowledge Session, November 18, 2015

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From the Traditionalists to the Gen 2020, each generation brings great strengths to the table, but they also bring preconceptions and even judgements. This lively and interactive Noon Knowledge session will offer an overview of each generation, the context in which they grew up, the traits and expectations they bring to the workplace, and some thoughts on how to harness their collective strengths, while keeping warfare from breakout out. Lil Dupree, Director of Program Development, with People Incorporated provided insights to managing various generations in the workplace.

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Managing 5 Generations in the Workplace Noon Knowledge Session, November 18, 2015

  1. 1. Dude - Where’s the Meeting?? Or… Generations in the Workplace
  2. 2. Lil Dupree, CCAP, NCRT People Incorporated 276-619-2251 ldupree@peopleinc.net @lindleydupree
  3. 3. First time in history that there have been 4 (some say 5!) generations in the workplace at the same time: Traditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Millenials/Gen @ Gen 2020??
  4. 4. 1968 1976 1985 1990
  5. 5. Traditionalists The Silent Generation
  6. 6. AKA WWII, Silent Generation Born Before 1946 60s to 80s Defining Events: • Great Depression • WWII • Stock Market Collapse • A-Bomb
  7. 7. Reliable Frugal Patriotic Respectful Adhere to rules Hardworking Strong set of moral obligations
  8. 8. Loyal to employer Effective and warm interpersonal skills Work ethic= timeliness, putting in the hours, working hard Very willing to learn Accept “command and control” management style
  9. 9. 1946-1964 50s to late 60s Defining Events: • JFK, MLK • Woodstock • Civil Rights • Vietnam • Feminist Movement • TV • Cold War
  10. 10. Optimistic and Driven Used to being the focus of attention; want their opinion to count Value individuality “Me Generation” Resisting traditional aging Try to “have it all”
  11. 11. Work comes first Loyal to the company Work ethic= working long hours, hard, and being observed while doing it Believe in, champion, and evaluate others on their “work ethic” Focus on teamwork and relationship building Work hard to advance; “put in your time”
  12. 12. Generation X The MTV Generation
  13. 13. AKA Post Boomers; MTV Generation Born between 1965 and 1976 30s to late 40s Defining Events Challenger explosion STDs, AIDS Energy Crisis Computers Latch-key kids
  14. 14. Balanced Independent Adaptable Cautiously optimistic Skeptical and hesitant Comfortable with technology
  15. 15. Work to live NOT live to work Reject Boomer and Traditional definition of “work ethic” Work ethic= getting the job done fast and right Value talent and ability over longevity Loyal to a person not a job or company
  16. 16. AKA Gen @, Gen Y; Generation Next Born between 1977 and 1997 34 and younger Defining Events • Columbine • Technology – Internet, Texting, Cell phones, IM • 9/11 and Iraq War
  17. 17. Optimistic Value freedom and autonomy Global outlook; want to make the world better Immediate gratification Relate well to Traditionalists
  18. 18. Value meaningful and fun work Loyal to people they work and play with Want to learn and grow, but want rewards NOW! Achievement oriented Technology is a necessary part of the work environment Work ethic= value work insofar as it creates the results, or the acknowledgment or the growth they desire
  19. 19. Millenials Gen 2020
  20. 20. AKA Gen Z Born after 1997 17 and younger Defining Events • Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook • Technology – Internet, Texting, Cell phones, IM • Iraq and Afghanistan
  21. 21. Optimistic Demand to be engaged - highly satisfied and able to contribute to their fullest potential Be flexible and drive change - change agile Embrace diversity and inclusion Process information at lightning speed and want and need to share information on-demand
  22. 22. Hyper-connected: even more “wired” than the Millennials, recommendations of peers carry enormous weight Concerned: the most sensitive of the five groups to environmental problems and related social issues Careful: coming of age in economic austerity, so cautious with economic and career decisions - share some important values with Traditionalists Collaborative: like the Millennials, they are likely to be comfortable with collaborative endeavors, either face-to-face or virtual
  23. 23. 4% Traditionalists 45% Baby Boomers 53% Generation X 54% Millenials
  24. 24. Pew Research Center, 5/11/15
  25. 25. To be appreciated for the qualities that they bring to a group To feel respected by their coworkers Flexibility! To be seen as a person: unique, valued, important, and special!

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