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Leading and working with different generations.

This brief solution discusses leading and work with different generations. It discusses the values and motivation of each of the four generations in the workplace at this time.

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Leading and Motivating Four Generations

There are four diverse generations that can be found in the workforce today. These four generations were socialized during unique periods of history, influencing cultural expectations and values. With the vast differences in attitude, values, and expectations that each generation brings to the workplace, an understanding of driving forces for each group will allow organizational leaders to understand their workers better. Not only will leaders understand workers, they may gain a better understanding of their own motivations. The paragraphs below detail the four generations and their work orientations.

Traditionalists (1900-1945) Workplace Values and Characteristics

The traditionalists were born roughly between 1900 and 1945, numbering seventy-five million. This generation survived two world wars and could best be summed up with one word: loyalty (Lancaster & Stillman, 2002). This generation values formality, structure, history, hard work, and work for the sake of accomplishment. If you want to recognize and motivate this generation through recognition and perks, focus on formal accolades honoring experience, hard work, and longevity (Lancaster & Stillman, 2002). Having survived and, many times, served in world wars, ...

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This is a brief solution about the different generations in the workforce today. It will discuss the four distinct generations, their values, and their motivations.