Offering career advice to my daughters, a young Millennial and one from Generation Z is complicated enough. We can only imagine the complication of providing leadership to multi generations Baby Boomers and Millennial in the work environment. There is often a warfare in my house when these various generations are brain storming. You have to understand how each of these generation thinks if you are going to be a successful leader. Today’s workplace is most definitely a multi-generational one – and each generation has its own set of expectations, needs, values and working styles.
While generational diversity in the workforce promotes a broader range of talent, it can often mean conflicting ideas and stereotyping – the Baby Boomers think Generation X needs a stronger work ethic, Gen X sees the Boomers as self-absorbed workaholics – and everyone thinks Generation Y is selfish and self-entitled.
Recognizing and understanding generational differences can help everyone learn to work together more effectively and transform your workplace from a generation war zone to an age-diverse and productive team.
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences"--------- Audre Lorde