Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Generation Gap in the Workplace Part 1

Recognizing, understanding, identifying and managing the different generation gaps in the workplace promotes a higher rate of productivity, employee engagement, effective communication and a more harmonious work environment We should understand the background, attitudes, and work styles of each generation in the workplace, to cultivate an environment that respects each generation’s perspective and way of life, and to increase engagement, teamwork, productivity and trust among the generations.
Background, Attitudes, and Work Styles
  • Communication is key
  • Recognize inherent talents and strengths
  • Clear procedures and techniques to achieve goals
  • Reach for the same objective in different ways   
The Generations
  • Generation Z Born 1996 – ?
  • Millennials (Gen Y) Born 1980 – 1995
  • Generation X Born 1965 – 1979
  • Baby Boomers Born 1946 – 1964
  • Traditionalists Born 1928 – 1945  
Job Searching Progression
  • New, Automated Methods
  • Technology such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. has transformed corporate culture and behavior
  • Communication Styles Different among Generations
  • Job Skillsets Have Evolved
  • Job Descriptions More Specific   
Traditional vs. Modern Interviewing Techniques
  • Corporate Headquarters vs. Remote Locations
  • Skype, Social Media Information
  • Dress for Success Different for Generations
  • Ability to Work Remotely More Common
  • Traditional Organizational Hierarchy Changing   
Respect Perspectives and Ways of Life
  • Life experiences
  • Values
  • Habits
  • Expectations
Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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