Are Generational Differences a Reason to Judge Similarities in the Workplace?

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Edward S. Lyba, Ed.D. proclaimed, "Diversity in the workplace means creating an environment where people from dissimilar backgrounds can utilize their talents and work productively together,” (NEPA Diversity Guide, 2007). Organizations have been striving to understand and create an abundant amount of diversity amongst their employees. It has been instilled in the minds of today’s employees that everyone is different and unique and companies want originality. Since companies have been putting a strong focus on diversity, it has encouraged employees to develop excuses as to why they are different. Recently, organizations and employees the same, have turned to the excuse of a generation gap as justification to resist this change. Should…show more content…
Research has been done in regards to why people resist change; the answer remains unclear (Kouzes and Posner, 1995). The corporate world, public and private sectors, are ever changing; people need to stop resisting change. Further, through Kouzes and Posner’s research they claimed, “We appreciate others when we adopt a learning attitude,” (1995). The problem is not that we are different; the problem is that people are not adapting to the changing environment quickly enough. It is human nature to make excuses; the generational difference is just another excuse. It is not that generations have different values or morals, they don’t want to change their ways. Regardless of what generation an employee grew up in, it is never easy to adapt to a younger, more progressive, college graduate taking over as their boss. Baby boomers, generation x’ers and generations y’ers need to realize change, embrace it, and learn to work with it.
Next, as organizations promote diversity, employees and workers need to as well. It is important to note that the word diversity does not mean varied morals and values, rather, varied backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. “One surprising finding from research is that appreciating diversity encourages both open discussion and productive conflict management, “(Kouzes & Posner, 1995). Employees of different generations need to stop neglecting one another’s differences, in terms of experience, and communicate to promote these
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