Tips for Leading a Multigenerational Workplace
- Members of the silent generation (1928-1945) represented 2% of workers.
- Baby boomers (1946-64) represented 25%.
- Generation Xers (born 1965-80) represented 33%.
- Millennials (born between 1981-96) represented 35%.
- Generation Zers or post-millennials (born after 1996) represented 5%.
Diversity: More Women in the Workplace
Education and Socioeconomic Attitudes
The Challenges of Leading a Multigenerational Workforce
Company Culture Expectations
- Boomers seeking lifelong employment with the same company and aspiring to earn office perks (i.e., “the corner office”)
- Gen Xers pursuing entrepreneurial activities and taking a more individualistic approach toward their careers
- Millennials tending to hop from company to company for higher pay and/or stock options
- Gen Zers having an intimate understanding of emerging social media
- Some 81% of workers say that divergent communication styles are the biggest difference between generations in the workplace.
- About 38% express difficulties in communicating with coworkers outside of their age group.
- Men (49%) are more likely to report difficulty in communicating across generations compared with women (27%).
Best Practices to Lead Different Generations
- Soliciting and listening to employee feedback about work-life balance, company culture, and other sticky issues
- Staying up to date with industry best practices and adapting workplace processes to align with evidence-based research
- Supporting employees at different stages of life through good employee benefit programs (e.g., paid parental leave and sick leave)