Let’s talk about different generations and how we can embrace those differences. We have always thought of ourselves as two generation - until now! In light of new research, it seems the divide isn't that great. Generation Jones (late boomers) straddles the line between Gen X and the Baby Boomers identifying some things we have in common.
The workforce is transforming as today there is said to be up to 5 generations in the workplace. This changing workforce is also changing the ways in which we work. Every year Beloit College puts out a mindset list of new students entering the university. It is fascinating to get this perspective. Take some time to consider the reality of this new cohort here.
Although we are discussing generations and speaking in generalities today, we need to remember that everyone is unique, and that not every generalization is universal. Our goal is to understand patterns, thoughts, and attitudes that may inform or influence the way we attract, hire, and retain the next generation of workers.
What is most important, in defining a generation, is the knowledge that each cohort possess a unique common set of values and shared experiences that make their particular generation differ from others. Because of this, the generational distinction is not about dates but about the collective experiences of a group of people born roughly around the same time.
Generation expert Cam Marston has identified three fundamental aspects of generational differences:
- Parenting – things have changed greatly since the days when the parents of the neighbourhood collectively disciplined everyone’s children.
- Technology – we’ve gone from radio to broadcast television to online video streaming.
- Life Span – children born this year can expect to live a full century.
Use our Reframe model to think about Generational Differences in your life:
Identify individuals in your life that are from different generations. How can you appreciate the diversity each of them brings to your family, work, friend groups, community?
Is there anyone from different generations you want to speak to to learn more about their perspective?
Remember we are all different and this is ok. We have similarities as well, and this is good. We need engagement from everyone in our lives in order to better ourselves.
Some of the differences are related to pure stage of development – how can you appreciate this?
Reframe negative thoughts you have about different generations, focus on their differences as positives.
How can you reframe negative thoughts you may have about different generations? Is there a conversation you could have with someone from that generation that would help you understand them?
Are there any relationships you need to revisit in light of learning about different generations?
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