Motivating Different Generations at Work

There’s a lot of talk among my clients about how to better engage different generations in the workforce. Baby Boomers are a large sector the workforce, but over 47% of the total population is under the age of 33 making them Millennials. The differences between these two groups may seem stark at first, but a collaborative approach to management will help both groups work together productively.

Before you read these recommended articles, keep in mind this key point: Generalizations and overviews can be helpful while you begin to explore your approach to leading different groups but ultimately, it’s important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for managing a diverse workforce. I hope you find a few nuggets of inspiration in the articles I’m sharing this month.

3 Ways to Motivate Millennials and Other Generations at Work from PR Daily

“Seventy-eight percent of millennials say they ‘work to live, not live to work,’” says Scroggin, citing her firm’s January survey. “Millennials are demanding the work-life balance the rest of us have just moaned about for years. That means we need to implement strategies that keep workers purpose-focused and engaged.”

How to Manage Generational Differences in the Workplace from Forbes

“What matters most, regardless of generation or gender or ethnicity, is how well you understand your employees as individuals…”

What Motivates Your Workers? It Depends on their Generation from the Society for Human Resource Management

“The multigenerational workforce requires flexible leadership, policies and programs.”


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