Webinars. Home offices. Casual days. The workplace no longer looks like it used to, and this can be an issue when experienced older employees who have been part of the workforce for decades have to work alongside younger employees. Proponents of the idea of generational diversity claim that there are certain methods that can be used to get these distinct groups to work well together, but critics argue that there’s no such thing as generational diversity.
There are currently 4 generations in the work force:
- Traditionalists: Born prior to 1946, Traditionalists are characterized as professional and patriotic.
- Baby Boomers: Born between 1946 and 1964, Boomers are often driven, materialistic and idealistic.
- Generation X: Born between 1965 and 1979, Gen. X’rs are often recognizable by their cynicism, independence and disdain for authority.
- Millennial Generation: Also known as Generation Y, these are the people born between 1980 and 2000. These younger employees tend to frequently switch between jobs and may be selfish, tech-savvy and fun-loving
Experts on generational diversity claim they can teach you how to get all of these groups to interact well, while critics will argue that the science backing up the very notion of diversity between generations is flawed; they claim that more and greater differences exist between members of the same generation than between members of different generations. But whichever side you choose to believe, the fact remains that one of the major keys to happiness and productivity is the ability to interact positively with those around you.