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Generational Traits and Values

Businesses that enhance their organizations by hiring youth gain from understanding the challenges and the benefits that a multi generational workforce can bring.

With more people working longer there are four generations in the workforce. They include: the silent generation (1922-1945), the baby boomers (1946-1964), generation X (1965 -1980) and generation Y or net generation (1981 – onward). Each generation has its own values, work style and management style.

Generational Traits in the Workplace*
Silent generationBaby boomersGeneration XGeneration Y
This generation is hardworking, trusting, optimistic and very moral. This generation is optimistic and driven to succeed in a work environment. This generation is not very trusting, but very adaptable to change. Has a good idea of work and life balance. This generation is hard working and adaptable to change. Optimistic about the future and open to ideas.
Generational Values in the Workplace
Silent generationBaby boomersGeneration XGeneration Y
Dedication
Hard work
Respect
Conformity
Duty
Delayed
gratification
Optimism
Team focus
Health
Personal growth
Work
Involvement
Diversity
World thought
Balance
Fun
Self-reliance
Technologically
literate
Civic duty
Globally concerned
Confidence
Optimism
Social ability
Morality
Achievement

* Source: Building Better Workplaces

 

 

gi_59164_smartforceTo learn more about the characteristics and values of youth check out the How Do I Manage the Expectations of  Gen-Y Employees? course in the Gen Y course bundle on Smartforce NL at https://secure.coursepark.com/learningnetwork/courses/index/id/718

 

 

 

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