By Christy J. Clark, 2/25/2020
Do you have a generational workforce at your company? How does it affect your company culture?
Last week our managers and directors went through a session with Banding Together to learn how to appreciate our differences and work together for the betterment of our company. This exercise made me stop and realize how different each of us really is based upon our experiences.
One difference may be age/maturity level. It is good to have a mixture of young, middle aged and mature people working together. Each has their own level of expertise and experience to bring to the table to help a company flourish. However, this same difference can create a difficult work environment.
Generational differences, relative to how people communicate, might affect misunderstandings, high employee turnover, difficulty in attracting employees, and gaining employee commitment. Today’s workforce involves dealing with many kinds of people and age groups.
Often I hear a more mature person saying “These Gen Z have no work ethic. They come to work late and leave early. “Sometimes I hear a young person saying “Person X has been with the company for 18 years and they do not like change so just follow their lead.” Does this sound familiar in your office?
Build collaboration at the office by establishing respect for different work expectations; be flexible and accommodating while learning from each other.
Baby Boomers (1946–1964)
Generation X (1964–1981)
Millennials or Generation Y (1982–1995)
Generation Z (after 1995)