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  • Words used to describe newest generation.
  • Ask the participants
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  • Refers to the generation coming of age at the time, born during the Great Depression or World War II
    The phrase gained further currency after William Manchester's comment that the members of this generation were "withdrawn, cautious, unimaginative, indifferent, unadventurous and silent." The name was used by Strauss and Howe in their book Generations as their designation for that generation in the United States of America born from 1925 to 1945.
    The generation is also known as the Postwar Generation and the Seekers, when it is not neglected altogether and placed by marketers in the same category as the G.I., or "Greatest", Generation. In England they were named the Air Raid Generation as children growing up amidst the crossfire of World War II.
    Silent Generation members are generally the offspring of The Lost Generation and the parents of Generation X, as well as the younger baby boomers.
  • From Wikipedia:
    Generation Jones is a term coined by Jonathan Pontell to describe the generation of people born between 1954 and 1965.
    Generation Jones is a term coined by Jonathan Pontell to describe the generation of people born between 1954 and 1965. 1954 and 1965.
    The name “Generation Jones” has several connotations, including a large anonymous generation, a “Keeping up with the Joneses” competitiveness and the slang word "jones" or “jonesing”, meaning a yearning or craving.[7] [8][9][10][11] It is said that Jonesers were given huge expectations as children in the 1960s, and then confronted with a different reality as they came of age in the 1970s, leaving them with a certain unrequited, jonesing quality.
    The election to the presidency of Barack Obama, born in 1961, focused more attention on Generation Jones. Many journalists, publications, and experts have pointed out that Obama is a member of Generation Jones, including Jonathan Alter (Newsweek),[37] David Brooks (The New York Times) and Karen Tumulty (Time Magazine).[38][39][40][41]
    Key characteristics: less optimistic, distrust of government, general cynicism.[42][35]
  • The use of Generation Jones is meant to distinguish the younger Boomers from the older ones.
    What marks us, according to Pontell, is an intense yearning, an unrequited craving (or "jonesing", in '70s teen lingo). We crave what we missed out on. We were "forged in the fires of social upheaval [in the 1960s] while too young to play a part", says Pontell. We long to meet boomer expectations, to keep up with the Joneses, but less prosperity and opportunity has made us see boomer idealism as unrealistic.
  • Latch-key kids/after school specials
    Grunge gen seen as slackers…just not team players
  • Definition
    A label attributed to people born during the 1980s and early 1990s. Members of Generation Y are often referred to as echo boomers because they are the children of parents born during the baby boom (baby boomers).
    Also called millenials, echo boomers, internet generation, iGen, net generation.
  • The Silent Generation, having come through the Industrial Revolution, established our present day
    workplace ethic. They helped us make the shift from a predominantly agricultural society to a
    manufacturing one. With manufacturing becoming the focus, retail businesses were necessary to sell
    product. Retail businesses needed "white collar workers" for management and sales.
  • The Silent Generation took the work ethic of the farm into the factory and the office. Work hard, go the extra mile, treat others the way you would like to be treated. Their role models were their parents, the families at church, and the characters in classical literature.
    Your Baby Builder employees as a whole work hard, go the extra mile, and treat others the way they
    would like to be treated. They submit to your authority, office policies, and the rules and regulations of
    the community. In their youth, radio and moving pictures had become popular and news about the war
    was shown at each movie theatre. Role models were radio and movie personalities, Eisenhower and
  • Your Baby Boomer employees grew up rebelling against authority. Remember the 60s? Major reforms
    in education, protests of the war, the hippie movement, drugs, sex, women's rights. Everything was
    questioned. They reserved the right to argue. Television had been invented and was available to most
    families. Their world became bigger. Role models were still mostly traditional with Wally and June
    Cleaver sleeping in twin beds. But television brought us deviations from the norm. My Three Sons
    and Bonanza introduced single parenting, Elvis's pelvic gyrations would not be shown by television
    producers, and Ed Sullivan helped change music forever when he introduced America to the Beatles
    and the British invasion.
  • Your Generation X employees tend to ignore authority. Their parents used the Dr. Spock theories on
    child rearing--be your child's friend, give them freedom of expression. They don't seem to hear what
    you say unless you let them talk and be involved in the decision making. They grew up with fast paced
    educational and interactive television, computer games, and video arcades. Their attention span is
    shorter, they require short term assignments, and immediate rewards. This is the generation where their
    parents had them in every after-school activity they could find. They are used to going to more than just
    school and home every day. Having a 20-year career in ANY industry frightens them to death. Many
    have already had multiple jobs in diverse industries. Role models are computer games, The Simpsons,
    Married With Children, O.C., Julia Roberts, Bon Jovi, Kurt Cobain.
    By 2040 they will outnumber the Baby Boomers by their 39.6 to Boomers' 37.1 million. (U.S. Census Bureau)
    Photo info:
    (Clockwise from left) Ellie Cornell (left) and Joanna Pettet in "Just Tipsy, Honey." Eric Wallace (left) and Clarence Williams III in "The Hero Who Couldn't Read." In "Schoolboy Father," Rob Lowe fought to keep his child.
  • Generation Y employees are just entering the workplace. They have a hard time understanding the
    Boomer concept of seniority, and experience equals higher pay, and privileges are predicated
    upon responsibility. They generally believe that what they want they should get--now. Interestingly,
    there is a rise in patriotism among this group. Main point they have is experience doesn’t equal performance.--I agree
    The main difference -- they believe they ARE the authority. In reality, given another 35 years, they will be. By 2040, they will number 73.4 million (U.S. Census Bureau) and will likely usher in a work place ethic like none before.
    have attitudes different than your own
    high expectations of self and see themselves working better and faster than others
    don’t have company loyalty, and might scoff at yours
    don’t have a sense of urgency or respect for deadlines
    don’t prioritize based on the hierarchy – the boss’ request is not more important than a colleague’s
    want tight deadlines to build up a sense of accomplishment, and may fight the deadlines on the way
    have a strong sense of entitlement – what you have earned should be available to them as well
    were raised by parents who wanted to be their friends and were often not held accountable to their actions
  • Some skills to work on…
  • Handout #3:
    Leading Gen Y in the Workplace
    Go over (4) tools
  • Gen v2

    1. 1. September 2009September 2009 SHC Staff Development & Education Candace Malone, HRDSHC Staff Development & Education Candace Malone, HRD GENERATIONAL DifferencesDifferences inin thethe WorkplaceWorkplace
    2. 2. • Participants will become aware of the values and expectations of different generations. • Participants will learn how to incorporate the different learning styles into the development of the Preceptor/Preceptee relationship. • Participants will conduct a case study where session material will be applied and assessed. ObjectivesObjectives
    3. 3. DID YOU KNOW?DID YOU KNOW? Previous life experiences weighPrevious life experiences weigh heavily on how someoneheavily on how someone relates to you, learns, andrelates to you, learns, and completes job tasks.completes job tasks.
    4. 4. PONDER THIS…PONDER THIS… Does the time period in which you grow up impact the way you Learn? Work? Parent? Communicate?
    5. 5. Here's an idea:Here's an idea: This comes from Margaret Weigel, who has worked at Harvard and MIT doing research on digital media engagement: "We should not judge people rigidly by the"We should not judge people rigidly by the years they were born," she says, "If weyears they were born," she says, "If we want to define people by categories, itwant to define people by categories, it should be by behaviors because this isshould be by behaviors because this is something each of us chooses."something each of us chooses."
    6. 6. The Silent GenerationThe Silent Generation 1925-19421925-1942“Youth today is waiting for the hand of fate to fall on its shoulders, meanwhile working fairly hard and saying almost nothing. The most startling fact about the younger generation is its silence. With some rare exceptions, youth is nowhere near the rostrum. By comparison with the Flaming Youth of their fathers & mothers, today's younger generation is a still, small flame. It does not issue manifestoes, make speeches or carry posters. It has been called the Silent Generation.” As stated by Time Magazine in 1951
    7. 7. The “Baby” BoomersThe “Baby” Boomers Generation 1943-1960Generation 1943-1960
    8. 8. What they privately think ofWhat they privately think of Gen X/Y:Gen X/Y: •• Lazy—no work ethic; not willing to work hard • Rude—lack social skills; whiners • Spend too much time on the internet • Grew up and live on “easy street”
    9. 9. • A “you owe me attitude” • Haven’t paid their dues • Always do things their own way • Nothing to offer professionally— “I’ve done it all” What they privately think ofWhat they privately think of Gen X/Y:Gen X/Y:
    10. 10. The oldest Baby Boomers are 63 years old this year and have been eligible to collect Social Security for a year. The youngest Baby Boomers are 45 and are just in the midst of their mid-life crises with families and jobs. The oldest Baby Boomers often define themselves as remembering exactly where they were when President John Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. The youngest Baby Boomers weren't born yet.
    11. 11. Generation X 1961-1980Generation X 1961-1980 ““Free Agents”Free Agents” ““work to live”work to live” ““self-reliant”self-reliant” ““fairness is must”fairness is must” ““flexibility”flexibility” ““outspoken”outspoken” ““feedback junkies”feedback junkies” ““no threats”no threats”
    12. 12. What’s a Cusper?What’s a Cusper? When the younger of their two overlapping generations feels like it's not being heard, a Cusper can provide a voice.
    13. 13. Generation Y (The Millennials)Generation Y (The Millennials) 1981-20011981-2001 Because children born during this time period have had constant access to technology (computers, cell phones) in their youth, they have required many employers to update their hiring strategy in order to incorporate updated forms of technology.
    14. 14. A clip about young Americans' views on the media from the PBS documentary "Generation Next." Check
    15. 15. What they privately think ofWhat they privately think of Boomers:Boomers: • Workaholics— “Do you have a life outside of here?” • Self righteous • Too political—always trying to figure out the pecking order • Need lighten up, it’s only a job
    16. 16. What they privately thinkWhat they privately think of Boomers:of Boomers: • Entitlement vs. performance • Why won’t you train me? • What is the point of this task? • You’re “old”, Technology is old
    17. 17. Generation Z (The Zippies)Generation Z (The Zippies) 2002-20182002-2018 What do they think? What do they talk about? What do they want? What should they do?
    18. 18. Generation ZGeneration Z • Will continue to be engaged in educational pursuits • Vertically challenged • Subject to bizarre food cravings and sugar rushes • Born with an extra digital chromosome
    19. 19. X&Y inX&Y in thethe WorkplaceWorkplace
    20. 20. the most challenging thing to a manager, is the difference in their attitudes towards authority
    21. 21. The Silent Generation established the authorityThe Silent Generation established the authority system.system. TheThe Baby BuildersBaby Builders (Cuspers)(Cuspers) submitted to thatsubmitted to that authority system.authority system. The Baby Boomers rebelled against that authorityThe Baby Boomers rebelled against that authority system.system. Generation X ignored that authority system.Generation X ignored that authority system. Generation Y thinks they are the authorityGeneration Y thinks they are the authority system.system.
    22. 22. TheThe generationalgenerational relationship inrelationship in understandingunderstanding WorkplaceWorkplace EthicsEthics
    23. 23. This initial workplaceThis initial workplace ethic has been shapedethic has been shaped over the years…over the years…
    24. 24. AccountabilityAccountability CompassionCompassion Clear DirectionClear Direction
    25. 25. Remember that each GenerationRemember that each Generation has key differences and similaritieshas key differences and similarities Consider the previous themesConsider the previous themes and characteristics of eachand characteristics of each Treat each other with RespectTreat each other with Respect
    26. 26. Adjust learning &Adjust learning & management stylesmanagement styles based onbased on generationgeneration
    27. 27. Determine the unspokenDetermine the unspoken performance expectationsperformance expectations
    28. 28. Determine whatDetermine what is important tois important to YOUYOU
    29. 29. Adjust yourAdjust your conversation andconversation and performance toperformance to matchmatch