Communication Across Generations

652 Words Feb 24th, 2018 3 Pages
Communication can be verbal, non-verbal, written, and can even be conveyed through body language. Information in the form of a thought, idea or feeling is put into words by the sender and sent to the receiver, who receives the message and interprets it in a way that can be understood. This communication is only effective when the receiver of this information interprets the message the way the sender intended (Clark, 2013). Obstacles exist that can prevent proper interpretation of a message including culture, background, noise, perception, environment, and stress. Generational differences can be an obstacle in effective communication as our backgrounds help mold our thoughts and the way we perceive and interpret information.
Communication in Differing Generations
Every person has unique past experiences that shape who they are, the way they communicate, and how they receive and process new information. Based on the fact that we all come from different backgrounds, I believe that age and generational differences impact the way that a leader communicates. There are four main generations in the workplace today including the silent generation (aged 70’s +), baby boomers (aged 50’s – 60’s), generation X (aged 30’s – 40’s), and generation Y (aged teens - 20’s). Each generation has different behaviors, perspectives, responses, expectations, habits and motivations based on…