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MANAGING MULTI-GENERATIONS IN THE BARBADIAN WORKPLACE –
The Silent Crisis & New Strategies of Human Relations Management
For the first time since World War II, we are experiencing in the Western World
the interesting phenomenon of having four generations in the workplace sitting
and working side by side. In some cases, the baby boomers are working next to
their children and grandchildren of generations X and Y.
This phenomenon has attracted a lot of attention on the part of HR practitioners
in the USA but little research has been done to date in the Caribbean. This paper
will therefore seek to address a similar phenomenon taking place in the
Caribbean through the writer's own experience while serving on the Management
Team of a local statutory corporation.
The findings, though preliminary, are oft times humorous but can serve as a
linchpin to help us better understand the root cause of many of today's personnel
issues within the workplace. The paper further suggests that identifying this
phenomenon is a first step to creating solutions that cut across the needs of
these four generations.