Never before in the history of the workplace are so many different age groups
working together in such close quarters. Veterans, Baby Boomers, GenXers and now
the Nexters are working shoulder to shoulder, cubicle to cubicle. Never have so
many different generations with such diversity in worldviews and work
philosophies been asked to team up and work together.
Sometimes the person in charge may be younger than those he or she manages. As
younger workers bring technological skills that some seniors may not possess,
they may find themselves supervising older employees.
As profitable businesses strive to run leaner and meaner, diversity issues of
people under stress can slow down productivity, affect customer relations,
increase employee turnover, and cause retention of good employees to be a costly
The companies that successfully deal with generational differences create a work
culture that not only focuses on what needs to get done but also accommodates
the various ways in which people approach work.
Smart companies that really care about their people are attuned to bridging the
generation gap in the work environment. They believe that employees of all
generations, and especially younger workers, see their work as something to be
enjoyed and cultivated, not something to be endured.
Smart employers can hold on to their valuable human resources if they offer
variety, stimulation, high learning and a chance to actually accomplish
something – to make a positive difference in the world around them, including
their work world. This often includes offering coaching services to their valued
Important concepts covered in the full 2,000-word article:
How the Generations are Defined
Fundamental Differences in Generations and their Attitudes
Helping to Bridge the Generational Gap
How Generationally Friendly is Your Work Place?
Resources on Generation Gap
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