Different Aspects Of People Management

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Introduction As Americans, we spend countless hours at our jobs, working together with people of all different ages, backgrounds, races, and gender. All of which influence each individual’s mentality towards their jobs and their goals. There has been research to show that there are some drastic differences between generations that make working a little more difficult. These differences influence the many aspects of people management including recruitment, training and development, career development, rewards and working arrangements, and management styles as well as having the potential to cause serious conflicts within the workplace (Parry and Urwin, Generational Differences in Work Values: A Review of Theory and Evidence). That being said, it seems that our company has unfortunately discovered a disconnect with the newest generation in the work force, Generation Y. Currently, there are four generations participating in the workplace. These include Veterans who were born between the years of 1925-1942, also known as the “Silent Generation”, “Matures”, and “Traditionalists”. The next generation, from 1943-1960, are known as the Baby Boomers. Generation X, otherwise called “Thirteenth”, “Baby Busters”, and the “Lost Generation” are those who were born from 1961 to 1981. And the youngest generation entering the workforce includes those who were born as early as 1982 until now, of whom are labeled as Generation Y, or “Millennials”, “Nexters”, and “Echo Boomers” (Parry and
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