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Generational Differences in the Workplace: Millenials

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Analyze the following scenario:

Jerry Thomas is 28 and has just become the new corporate VP at his company. The older VPs with whom he works see him as impulsive, somewhat self-centered and unwilling to play by the rules. In which generational group would Jerry fall? Explain your answer.

Traditionalist (Born 1900-1945)
Baby Boomers (Born 1946-1964)
Generation Xers (Born 1965-1980)
Millennials (Born 1981-1999)

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Millennials (Born 1981-1999): Millennials, who are just beginning to enter the workforce, have grown up multi-tasking, and believe that they will be able to pursue more than one line of work at the same time.

In this situation, the generational group in which Jerry would ...

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Details: Many groups make up a diverse workforce. Age or generational categorization is one of the ways to define specific groups within the organization. There are currently 4 generations in the workforce. You have been asked to suggest ways to address the needs and desires of the different generations. Present your ideas in a letter to your VP. Include all your ideas, how they would be implemented, and how each would be evaluated for effectiveness.

Discuss the four generations, including the unique perspective that each generation brings to the workforce, how they approach work and the differences that have been researched on each of the generations. Include recommendations of activities, programs and approaches the organization can use to bring the generations together in a working environment and maximize each generationâ??s contribution.

The generations would include the Baby Boomers (1946-1964), the X-ers (1965-1977), the Y-ers (1978-1986), and the Millennial (Born after 1987). Each generation brings some good qualities. For example, the Baby Boomers bring a perspective of "pay your dues" while the X-ers are socially conscious (Forman & Carlin, n.d.).

How can the different perspectives be addressed for each group to maximize this element of a diverse workforce?


Forman, P. J., & Carlin, L. (n.d.) The age of change: Multiple generations in the workforce. Retrieved March 8, 2010, from http://www.globallead.com/WeConnect/Oct05/ageofchange.html

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