Generational Differences in the Workplace

The Generations

With four generations of professionals in today’s workplace – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials — this is a prime time for you to join in on the conversation about “Generational Differences in the Workplace”. There’s no question that each generation has different values and ideas, and different ways of communicating, and getting things done; but for organizations to be successful, everyone must be able to work together to achieve their companies’ goals and objectives.

 Generation Characteristics  

Traditionalists (1900-1945)

  • Abides by rules
  • Conservative with money
  • Correlates seniority with age
  • Work and family separated
  • Stays long time at one workplace
Generation Xers (1965-1980)

  • Self-reliant
  • Values balance in work and family
  • Approaches authority casually
  • Technologically savvy
  • Easy to recruit; hard to retain
Baby Boomers (1946-1964) 

  • Team-oriented
  • Workaholics
  • Prefer face-to-face communication
  • Job status and symbols are important
Millennials/Generation Y (1981-2000) 

  • Optimistic
  • Diverse
  • Goal-setting is a priority
  • Know what they want and are used to getting it
  • Think differently than any other generation in workforce

    (Note: Dates are approximate; there are no standard definitions for when a generation begins and ends.)

 

 Join the Conversation

What is your generation? How do you fit in with your company? How are you surviving in a multi-generational workplace? What do you see as challenges and opportunities of working in a multi-generational workplace? How do you work with others who are not in your generation?

Log on to the Conrad Program’s website and/or Alumni Association Facebook page and join the conversation.

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What is your generation? How do you fit in with your company? How are you surviving in a multi-generational workplace? What do you see as challenges and opportunities of working in a multi-generational workplace? How do you work with others who are not in your generation? Click on the Online Mentoring Blog post and/or log on to the Alumni Association's Facebook page and join the conversation.