The Generation Gap at Your Workplace

Your workplace, along with so many others, is experiencing a fundamental change to demographics. Most workplaces now span across generations. With so many different age-groups in your workplace, getting them all to work as a team can feel like herding cats – an exercise in futility. Fortunately, there are ways you can get Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Yers (Millenials) to work together as a team. The key is knowing what motivates them.

What do the different generations want?

Each generation wants something distinctive. Satisfying everyone can be hard, but it’s worth doing if you want a productive workplace. Even getting part of what they want can motivate them to do more. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers want to feel like they matter. If they understand the organization’s vision, how they fit in, and why their roles are important, their levels of engagement increase. Millenials are more interested in growth and development, they are the truly mobile generation. They see the opportunity to become something great, and they want to work with companies that embrace that drive. Without growth opportunities, Millenials could become disengaged from a company and disenchanted with what it offers, causing them to move on if the opportunity arises.

How can you use this knowledge?

Remember, while Baby Boomers and Gen Xers make up 77% of the workforce, they just aren’t as engaged as other generations. Traditionalists (the generation before the Boomers) and Millenials are the most engaged. Utilizing the groups that are most deeply engaged to lead teams encourages the participation of those who are not as engaged. This allows you to increase participation across the board, create a coherent team willing to work together and ultimately has a positive effect on your bottom line results. It takes time to find what triggers engagement, but all workers have value that you can use to grow your company.

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