Excerpt from « Tapping Into Multi-Generational Talent »:
« Does it ever seem to you as if we all walk around every day with what you might think of as a lens in our pockets, our own personal lens? And so when something happens in your world, you pull it out and look at the event through your lens. Now, one person’s lens may say, “That’s a great development. I love it!” But your lens may say, “Are you kidding? That’s really scary and threatening, and I don’t like it at all.” And so we begin to misunderstand each other — not only in personal life but also in the workplace.
One of the real challenges we’ve found in many organizations is it’s pretty easy for people in their late 50s and 60s—people we would call boomers—to have that sense of “What are they thinking?” when talking to co-workers who are in their 30s and 40s—people we would call Xers. It’s not always obvious that we see things alike, and that can lead to some issues. »
Let’s read this paper from Tammy Erickson website which explores these differences, and helps readers to understand and embrace a multigenerational workforce.
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