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Based on collaborative research, this topic explores what the current generations are in the workforce, reveals what the different perspectives are for these generations, and finally how to apply strategies in building generational bridges. There is a final note on what preferences each generation has on technology in terms of how technology is used to communicate to others.

Based on research, there are four generations in the workforce:

Traditionalists [born 1922-1945 and making 5% of workforce]
Baby Boomers [born 1946-1964 and making 40% of workforce]
Generation X [born 1965-1980 and making 30% of workforce]
Millennials [born 1981-2000 and making 25% of workforce]

The following is the different perspective on various topics:

Traditionalists on the topic of time on the job:
“You’re late. You’re leaving early. You have a poor work ethic.”
Traditionalists on the topic of balance:
Forget work. Retirement is on the horizon or already here.
Traditionalists on the topic of loyalty:
Work for the same company all your life. You’re loyal to the company and the company is loyal to you.
Traditionalists on the topic of reward, incentive, and opportunity:
A job will done and a “good work” from the boss. Excellence is expected.

Baby Boomers on the topic of time on the job:
“If you’re not here, you’re not working. How long can I spend at the job and complete it?”
Baby Boomers on the topic of balance:
Aging. Working becoming less important. Personal lives becoming more important. Some regrets about past values.
Baby Boomers on the topic of loyalty:
Decreasing loyalty, sticking with the same company until something better comes along. Don’t quit the current job until the next one is lines up.
Baby Boomers on the topic of reward, incentive, and opportunity:
Make it big or flashy or something I can use right now.

Generation X on the topic of time on the job:
“What does it matter when I work, as long as I get the job done? How little time can I spend at the job and complete it?”
Generation X on the topic of balance:
Balance between work and home is what it’s all about.
Generation X on the topic of loyalty:
Not looking for a new job on current employer’s time.
Generation X on the topic of reward, incentive, and opportunity
Time-off. Want family-friendly companies.

Millennials on the topic of time on the job:
Yet to be determined.
Millennials on the topic of balance:
Same as Generation X, but hard work is necessary.
Millennials on the topic of loyalty:
More individualistic, loyal to people, not to companies and organizations
Millennials on the topic of reward, incentive, and opportunity
They want to start near or at the top and may want to be heroes.

 
 
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