I think it's important not to stereotype and learn each person's thought process. For instance, I am GenX, but I probably have more in common with the Boomers. I am not against or scared of change or technology, but I don't use a lot of it. I am probably still scarred from working in DOS systems and Word before there was an "undo" button. I'm all about the "human factor". " - Melissa S., Virtual Assistant“I think it’s dangerous to assume the older generation just doesn’t understand,” says Austin Marshburn, Head of Marketing at FirstJob, “In general, most thoughts have been had by someone else before.” Which is exactly why it’s important to remember that their input and expertise are eternally valuable in the modern workplace. So, what are some general characteristics of Baby Boomers?
As an employee of a large private university; I work with individuals in all demographics. In my work unit, we have a mix of generations that work well together. We are a small staff so we must be accepting of one another. There are some ways millennials have of approaching the work day (i.e. arrival and departure times), tasks (deadlines) and work that are different from mine. However; I don't think it is simply generational, but also individualistic, as well. Earlier generations were raised differently, and more rigidly (follow and do not deviate from the set standards) than millennials, and therefore are not as fluid in approaching work processes." -Karen S., Administrative AssistantMillennials are often talked about as if they’re an entirely new breed of humanity. As a Millennial myself, I can assure you that we still put our pants on one leg at a time (no, there’s no app to do that for us… yet). But Millennials definitely do have some different perspectives and approaches when it comes to work. What exactly are those different perspectives?