An Employer's Guide to Managing Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers
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An Employer’s Guide to Managing Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers in the Workforce

 

Today, three generations dominate the workplace: the Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers. They range in age from 22-73 years old and represent 93% of the workforce. With an age gap of 50+ years, these workers bring distinct challenges, strengths, and expectations to the workplace. Identifying and adapting to these differences is key to effectively managing a multi-generational staff. 

GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES CHART

Baby Boomers

Generation  X

Millennials

Birth Years1946-19641965-19801981-1996
Current Age55-7339-5422-38
Other NamesThe Original Workaholics; “Me” GenerationGen X; The DoersGen Y; Echo Boomers
Work Assets
  • Ethical
  • Hardworking
  • Loyal to employers
  • Self-sufficient
  • Highly educated
  • Good communicators
  • Tech-savvy
  • Tech-savvy
  • Team-oriented
  • Values-driven
  • Highly educated
Work Liabilities
  • Nearing retirement 
  • Not tech-savvy
  • Independent
  • Anti-authority
  • Dislike rigidity
  • Job-hopping
  • Require intensive oversight
Preferred Work Environment
  • Traditional
  • Clear chain of command
  • Efficient
  • Functional
  • Fast-paced
  • Informal
  • Open 
  • Flexible
  • Creative
  • Diverse
Leadership Style
  • Hierarchical
  • Collegial
  • Competent
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Challenges the status quo
  • Democratic
  • Collaborative
Career Development
  • Pay your dues
  • Work advancement often based on seniority
  • Proactive 
  • Seek outside education and experience
  • Desire personal growth and learning opportunities 
  • Expect rapid advancement
Work/Life Balance
  • Live to work
  • Career-driven but with greater balance than their Boomer parents
  • Balance is a top priority
Management Tips
  • Flexible work arrangements vs. retirement
  • Technology training 
  • Succession plans
  • Offer challenging work
  • Allow them to be autonomous 
  • Provide clear path to advancement
  • Continuous feedback
  • Work in teams 
  • Provide training, education, and travel opportunities

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