Managing Gen X Employees
The Generation X (between 1965-1980 approximately) is a small, though powerful group of employees. They are highly educated and what motivates them is different than previous generations. Managers can find this generation of employees difficult to handle because their needs and demands are different than traditional workplace employment.
“Gen X” employees were raised by career-minded parents (Baby Boomers) and are not necessarily impress with authority. This group of employees are not loyal to the employer unless they sense that the employer is there for them, respects their needs and creates an environment for them to grow their careers.
“6 Tips to Managing Generation X Employees,” by Martin Zwilling on Business Insider provides an overview of what they bring to the workplace and what they require in order to be productive.
An employee is responsible for their own motivation, though as a manager you can demotivate an them. By understanding what motivates each person, you can increase their overall productivity.
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