been 20 years since Generation-X made their big splash and muddied
up the Baby Boomer expectation of what the world of work should
look like. Growing up as latchkey kids, with parents that
were divorced and/or both working outside the home, the Gen-X worker
came to appreciate independence and work/life balance. If
they were successful in finding both at a company, then they stayed
and are now filling up the ranks of managers in traditional organizations.
If not, they may have left the traditional workplace to pursue an
entrepreneurial endeavor that gave them the freedom and flexibility
they demand. Regardless, a significant share of Boomer managers
and workers has adjusted to what was once considered unrealistic
demands from this generation. In many organizations, the two
generations have learned to understand and appreciate their generational
paradigms and are working effectively side-by-side.
But before you got complacent, the start of the new Millennium ushered in yet another generation to the American workforce. Initially this new generation, appropriately named Millennials, was treated similarly to their Gen-X predecessors by Traditionalists, Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers alike. However, in the short time that this new generational cohort has made its presence, it has become apparent that this is a new breed of worker with different motivators and workplace priorities.
We offer workshops to increase the awareness and understanding of the values, beliefs and behaviors of the four major generations in the workforce today (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, and Millennials). Like other forms of diversity, once we increase our awareness and understanding, we can take the next step towards appreciating our differences and capitalizing on them by adapting our systems, processes and procedures and improving our working relationships to bring out the best in each of the generations.
Our services also include custom training programs and facilitated planning sessions to guide you through the steps to change your organizational culture and processes to better adapt to meet the unique requirements of the different generations you serve and support.