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Multi-Generational Workplace. What is a Generation?. Generation is defined as, the average period between the first of one generation and that of the next All people born and living at about the same time

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what is a generation
What is a Generation?
  • Generation is defined as, the average period between the first of one generation and that of the next
  • All people born and living at about the same time
  • A group of people born about the same time who share the same historical experiences, beliefs and attitudes
generational groups
GENERATIONAL GROUPS
  • Silents 1922-1943 (52 M)
  • Baby Boomers 1943-1960 (73.2 M)
  • Gen X’ers 1960-1980 (70.1 M)
  • Nexters 1980-2000 (69.7 M)
importance of generations
Importance of Generations
  • There are a variety of things that help shape our values and who we are including parents, neighborhood, friends, etc.
  • Historical events impact individuals and generations
  • Differences in generations can create conflicts inside the home as well as at work
connection of generation and values
Connection of Generation and Values
  • Values that we develop when we are young influence what we believe as adults
  • The development of values

Observing

Modeling

Socialization

Significant events

silent generation

Silent Generation

Silents (AKA Builder Generation, Veterans, Traditionalists)

Born before 1946

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Values

Hard work

Organization

Hierarchy

Tradition

Logic

Family

Honor

Respect for authority

Consistency, uniformity

Discipline

Silent Generation
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Silent Generation

HEROES:

  • Superman, FDR, Eisenhower, Patton, Churchill, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio

CULTURAL ICONS::

  • Mickey Mouse, Flash Gordon, Jukeboxes, Kewpie Dolls

FASHION:

  • conservative coats & ties, nylons, neatly trimmed hair
boomers

Boomers (AKA Baby Boomers)

    • Born between 1946-1964

Boomers

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Values

Fairness

Optimism

Team orientation

Personal Growth

Personal Gratification

Service

Family

Personal Approach

Youth

Work Ethic

Involvement

Consensual Leadership

Recognition of Achievement

Boomers
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Boomers

HEROES:

  • Gandhi, MLK, JFK & Jackie, John Glenn

CULTURE ICONS:

  • Ed Sullivan, poodle skirts, Slinkies, TV dinners, peace sign

FASHION:

  • designer glasses, designer suits, vintage wines, cell phones
gen x ers
Values

Diversity

Self-reliance

Questioning Authority

Thinking Globally

Balance

Techno-literacy

Fun

Informality

Pragmatism

Family

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Gen X’ers
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Gen X’er’s

HEROES:

  • None

CULTURAL ICONS:l:

  • ET, Cabbage Patch dolls, The Brady Bunch, The Simpsons

FASHION:

  • Body piercings, tattoos, functional clothing