Why is Generations in the Workforce Training Valuable?
You’ve probably noticed differences among your co-workers in work styles, communication preferences, work habits, etc. Sometimes we can see patterns in those work preferences and behaviors that coincide with the generation into which a person was born. Providing training for generations in the workplace can help your teams to better understand each other, avoid unnecessary conflict or miscommunications, and work more effectively together.
Current generations in the workforce:
- Radio Babies (born 1930-1945)
- Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964)
- Generation X (born 1965-1976)
- Generation Y: First Wave of Millennials (born 1977-1990)
- Generation Z: Second Wave of Millennials (born 1991-2001)
- Generation Alpha (born 2002 and after)
So what is the significance of having so many generations working together? Well, it is exactly that – they need to be able to WORK TOGETHER effectively.
Each generation has a different perspective based on their upbringing and daily lives. The key to making encounters between the generations successful is learning to understand the point of view of each generation, recognizing their similarities, and respecting their differences. The individuals and organizations that do this will be the ones to succeed.