Generations at Work


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Presentation by Beth Cougler Blom made to the Child Care Resources and Referral Forum in Nanaimo - June 2013.

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Generations at Work

  1. 1. Generations at WorkBeth Cougler Blomwww.bethcouglerblom.comcirquemusician on flickr
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes Describe characteristics of the four generations in theworkforce right now List reasons why understanding different generations isimportant in the workplace Generate ideas about what motivates people ofdifferent generations at work Apply this knowledge to real-life situations at your ownwork
  3. 3. “It‟s important to remember that people are complexbeings. A „generation‟ simply refers to an agedemographic, not an individual‟s personality orbehaviour.”-Karen Tye, Inside Education Society of Alberta
  4. 4. Why is this Important?learningrelationshipscollaborationinnovation
  5. 5. Silent Generation Born between 1922 – 1945 Respect authority Think age correlates with seniority Loyal, dedicated You do what is asked of you Risk averse / conserve / savers Work and family are separated(Traditionalists, Veterans)
  6. 6. Baby Boomers Born between 1946 – 1964 Desire to fill their own needs Loyal to the company Work higher priority than family: “live to work” Job status/symbols important Work on their own terms Retiring later than expected; post-retirement careers
  7. 7. Generation X Born between 1965 – 1980 Coined the term „work-life balance‟: “work to live” Adaptive to job instability; “slash careers” Need flexibility, autonomy, variety Recognition needed Casual approach to authority Technology-centred tasks
  8. 8. Millenials / Gen Y Born between 1981 – 2000 Thrive on change; expect fast, convenient Global/diversity oriented Very connected to peers, social Digital natives Confident Expect they will make a difference; high perks inexchange for loyalty
  9. 9. Small Group Activity In your group, discuss the following question:How would you motivate and recognizesomeone of this generation? AND, come up with an example (or two) of somethingthat you could do to increase your relationship withsomeone from this age group at work
  10. 10. Working TogetherFind ways to bringpeople together forcoaching/mentoringAppreciate and respect what isimportant to each generationRemain open to new ideas and different perspectivesCreate a flexible workenvironment that valuesall people / embracesdiversityExpand ourcommunication strategiesAvoid projecting our ownexpectations about workonto others
  11. 11. Thank youBeth Cougler