Managing A Multigenerational Workforce : An Organization

1589 WordsApr 17, 20167 Pages
Managing a Multigenerational Workforce In today’s ever-evolving marketplace, it is more important than ever for each organization’s workforce to be as effective, and therefore competitive, as it can be. The marketplace is increasingly competitive, which means that there is more pressure than ever to develop the most efficient workforce. The makeup of the modern workforce is significantly different than that of previous periods of time. It is now possible to have four generations, each with their own unique perspectives, strengths, and needs, at work in the same office. This presents many new challenges that must be faced; specifically, how to best communicate with your workforce in the most effective manner that reaches all…show more content…
Many organizations employ all four. First is the Veterans generation. Members were born before 1946. Next is the Baby Boomers generation. These employees were born from 1946 – 1964. The third generation to discuss is Generation X. These people were born from 1965 through 1980. The fourth generation that is currently comprising the workforce is Generation Y, born from 1981 – 2000. Let’s explore each generation, and what makes it unique. Each generation has a different set of experiences, a different way of approaching their jobs, a different outlook on life, and different strengths and concerns that makes it unique. Managing the differences between the generations and bringing them together to form a strong team can make the difference between the success and failure of an organization, so this information is extremely relevant to today’s workforce managers. Veterans Members of the Veterans generation were born before 1946. Most members of this generation have since retired, but there are some who continue to be productive members of our workforce. These people have lived through very difficult times in our nation’s history; specifically the Great Depression and many conflicts. They are very conservative by nature, both in their personal and professional lives. Veterans value hard work and sacrifice, and have tremendous respect for authority. Veterans bring a wealth of knowledge to their employers. They have a very strong work ethic.
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