Bridging The Generational Gap Essay

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Communication deficiencies can cause members of different generations to clash. In a diverse workforce, having a better understanding of others can make the working environment more productive. But what generations are we talking about here? Even in my military branch, where the majority of Marines tend to be younger than 30 years of age, there is a marked generation variety seen. More so, in the private sector however, there is a multigenerational workforce. This carries significant implications for leaders heading groups and attempting to manage a team in the most efficient way. To be successful, one would be wise in assessing how one communicates with others.
There are fundamental differences between the ways different generations
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I have 17 years of experience and wear the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, which is known for having a fair amount of understanding and proficiency in my field. To that effect, it influences the way I carry myself around other Marines, particularly younger (generation-y) ones. This does not mean I tend to be condescending or have a brash personality, but in an effort to be clearly understood, it definitely has an authoritarian effect when speaking or collaborating with others. This authoritarian tone might have even transcended into the technology realm and has made me reflect on how I use electronic means to communicate. I noticed this phenomenon trickled over to cyberspace, when sending email. Case in point, I tend to receive increasingly formal email responses despite my original message being exempt of formalities and when it is acceptable for my subordinate’s writing not to be as rigid. I have attributed such behavior to Marines not wanting to be perceived as insubordinate or disrespectful and I find it commendable. However, these instances reflect my way of communicating as well. Because I have embraced technology most of my adult life, particularly email, It has affected my style of expression. My email messages are often short and direct, unencumbered by any attempt to be eloquent. Which, to me, tends to mean clear messages and free of barriers. Is this the result of using electronic means of communicating? Maybe, however, my attempts center only on