The current workforce is known for being a multigenerational one. As the baby boomers retire, Gen X, Y, and Z are taking their positions. Each generation has general assumptions and characteristics that are associated with each. Gen X are individuals born between 1965 -1979; they prefer in-person contact over digital and typically only operate on one social media platform. Gen Y or Millennials are individuals who were born between 1980 – 1994. Typically, they are active on multiple social media platforms and rely heavily on mobile devices and computers. Finally, Gen Z, which is the largest generation to date, was born between 1995-2015. They grew up in the technological age, knowing from a young age how to operate and use mobile devices.
Each of these generations has unique skills and characteristics they bring to the office as assets. Generation X tends to be known for having the best work ethic and for bringing in the most revenue. They are typically independent and resourceful, and they value personal responsibility. As for technology, they are comfortable with it and are highly adaptive. They have shown themselves to be ambitious and hard-working and are less likely to be in debt. Millennials or Generation Y are assumed to be the most passionate about their work and frequently become specialized in certain areas of their profession. They are very technically oriented and always looking for a better and more convenient way to get things done. They are known to crave flexibility, value interpersonal relationships above all else, and if a workplace does not support this, they will find work with a different company that has the same values. They are creative, honest, and passionate. Finally, Gen Z is known for being tech specialists since they have grown up learning and using it. They also prioritize perfecting their relational management skills.
Each of these generations has something different to bring to the workplace and can be an asset for any company. It is important to learn about the different generations in order to appreciate and benefit from the different attributes each generation contributes.
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