Generational Differences In The Workplace

Every company is comprised of employees and employers of different ages, and in most circumstances, completely different generations. With that being said, there are a variety of different traits that are generally attributed to certain generations that may not be true. With the ample amount of myths pertaining to generational differences in the workplace, it is important to know them so that they are avoided and assumptions are not made.

The Silent Generation

The Silent Generation is the group of people in the office that were born before 1946. Due to their historical backing, they are generally viewed as the employers or the employees that value hard work the most. They will be the individuals to give praise to the people who try their hardest and do not stop until they succeed – and then succeed more. People expect the Silent Generation to push them beyond their limits just so they can see their full potential.

Baby Boomers

For the people in your office that are born between 1946 and 1964, they are generally characterized as the workers that value loyalty above hard work and any other aspect. If you find that you need someone to talk to, it is suggested that you speak with a baby boomer as you will be able to establish a layer of trust with them. In the event of a mix-up or a mistake at work, they will be loyal to whomever is the most loyal party. It is also commonly assumed that they will expect you to support them if they support you.

Generation X

If you were born between 1965 and 1980, you are classified as Generation X and are known to value the balance between work and your own personal life. Although it may not be available for you to take advantage of, it is assumed that people in Generation X try to find a way to leave work at work and come home to their families within a reasonable amount of time. It is also assumed that people in Generation X have more emotional difficulty accepting the fact that they may have to spend more time at work than at home, or vice versa.

Generation Y

Finally, Generation Y is commonly known as the workers that value the most change and innovation in the workplace. If you were born in the Millennials, you are classified under this generation. It is assumed that you can adapt to technology at a faster pace and your ability to process information is significantly higher than other generations. Not to mention, that you are always up-to-date with the latest technologies.

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