However, one’s generation does not always indicate communication style. How a topic ranks in priority may affect how it is best communicated to others. A common way people assess priority is by using the Eisenhower Matrix (shown above)—named after the 34th President of the United States who used it to decide which of many tasks he should focus on each day.
How to use unique abilities to strengthen teams
and Generation Xers
can assist Millennials in improving written and face-to-face communication skills.
can share their experiences while Xers
can demonstrate how to work through conflicts.
can be role models for embracing change and adopting technology while promoting socialization in the workplace.
How to best support employees
For Baby Boomers
, employers should offer mentoring opportunities. This may include the ability to speak to student groups or interns and to partner with younger employees by providing insight on industry knowledge.
For Generation Xers
, employers should extend opportunities for personal development. This may involve attendance at conferences and seminars, securing licenses, or even supporting post-graduate education.
, employers should be flexible with schedules and work assignments. This may involve conversations on how to prioritize and re-prioritize work assignments as well as varied start and end times to the day.
It is important to note that while some characteristics may be accurate, they do reflect stereotypical thinking. In fact, there is a growing movement of “perennials,” a term first introduced by lecturer Gina Pell in 2016
. She describes them as people of all ages who are curious, embrace growth and change, know how to perceive themselves and others around them, and resist categorization. The mindset also defies the cultural and social obsession with age and the idea that people need to follow a certain life path.
As roles become more challenging and people become more complex, forward-thinking talent management and talent acquisition programs are being redesigned to address the needs and concerns of individuals.
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