According to a study by PwC, there’s a disconnected relationship between the older generations in the senior management and their millennial employees at 38%. Thirty four percent of millennials say that their generation’s brand of passion and drive for work intimidate the Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Human resource managers and recruitment firms would say that these differences could result in conflicts and problems in the workplace. Therefore, it is important to be aware of where the three generations meet and diverge to handle them well.
First, communication styles among these generations are different. Millennials use handy hashtags and abbreviations. They prefer to pass messages through texts and message apps. On the other hand, Gen X and Baby Boomers still subscribe to phone calls and e-mails.
Stereotypes also exist. Often seen as entitled and lazy, millennials try to break these stereotypes in the workplace. Gen X and Baby Boomers don’t run away with the labels as well. They are sometimes seen as “hard to train” and stubborn in the workplace. Lastly, the three generations have different perspectives on work culture such as the working hours among many others.
To better understand how to work with your multigenerational team, here’s an infographic showing the characteristics that make each generation unique in the workplace.
Now that you know the different facets of having a multigenerational team, it’s time to plot out a matrix on how to interact with them and incorporate them in your workflow. Understanding these differences can help avoid conflicts and provide a harmonious working environment for everyone.
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