Exploring the Generations: The Results of an Interview With a Baby Boomer

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EXPLORING THE GENERATIONS: THE RESULTS OF AN INTERVIEW WITH A BABY BOOMER Summer 2012 EXPLORING THE GENERATIONS: THE RESULTS OF AN INTERVIEW WITH A BABY BOOMER INTRODUCTION Today, four generations of Americans are represented in the American workplace: the so-called "Matures" who were born between 1900 and 1945, "Baby Boomers" who were born between 1946 and 1964, Generation Xers, born between 1965 and 1980 and the Millennials whose cohort began in 1981 and continues to the present. The purpose of this paper was to gain a better understanding of an individual from the Baby Boomer generation, in order to explore the patterns and markers that are significant to this generation. In addition, a discussion concerning a common conflict that occurs in the workplace between members of the Millennial Generation and the Baby Generation is followed by a summary of the research and important findings in the conclusion. PART I PROFILE OF THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION The early 21st century represents an important point in American history for intergenerational relations. In fact, Bernstein, Alexander and Alexander (2007) emphasize that, "For the first time in recent history, there are four generations of employees represented in the U.S. workforce. It is the largest demographic shift since women and members of minority groups began entering the workforce in significant numbers several decades ago" (p. 17). When four generations with different values, interests and backgrounds are
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