Are You Managing Different Generations?
In business today, you can have several different generations working side by side with different workplace values. It’s easy to be perplexed by the employee who was raised in a different generation, yet even with the different values, most employees want to perform. In managing employees, you need to balance the needs of the business and what motivates each person to perform at their best.
This article on the different generations in the workplace clearer explains what they call the “Great Divide.” They make clear that the various generations have a different work culture, similiar to diversity with different countries. Read “Managing Employees from Different Generations” on Aon.com and take away a greater understanding of the challenges that arise when managing your employees.
Welcome to the Great Divide—the gap between generations in the workforce. With the maturing of the millennial generation, the average employer now has potentially four generations working together: veterans (born before 1946), baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980) and millennials (born after 1980). Each has its own set of preferences and workplace styles, and each responds differently to authority, rules and workplace mores. So how can a manager, well, manage across generations? (read more)
There is a lot of information out there around managing employees yet understanding the work values of different generations helps you support each person in a way that works for them. This personalization of communication helps build a stronger bond with each person. We all know that communication is one of the most important aspects of work relationships. Companies realize it when communicating to their customers…your employees thrive on communication as well.
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