Historically, today’s workplace is the most diverse with respect to age that has ever existed.

Understanding generational influences and characteristics that have been researched and reported by various authors can help you to understand why employees may not be connecting in the workplace.  When considering the characteristics of each generation it should be understood that demographics are generalizations that point to trends rather than finite data facts.

Traditionalists, Silent, Veterans………………………………….Born between1927–1945

Baby Boomers……………………………………………………….. Born between1946 –1964

Generation X or Xers……………………………..Born between 1965 and the early 1980’s

Generation Y, Millennial, Echo Boomers………………………..Born between 1981–2000

Gen 2020……………………………………………………………………….Born after 2000

Each of the generations should be valued for the diverse skills, mindsets and perspectives they bring to the workplace.  Understanding the unique social, political and environmental influences that have shaped their workplace behaviors, values, and beliefs is instrumental in creating cohesive and productive work teams and employees.  These influences shape behavior and attitudes relating to

 

*      Colleagues

*      Authority

*      Management Styles

*      Organization

*      Work Styles

 Each generation brings their unique talents to the workplace.  It is helpful to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each to reach the highest levels of communication, productivity and creativity possible.