Managing diverse beliefs and values

The current workforce faces the challenges of 5 generations working together. The challenge is to understand, accept and embrace the positive characteristics that each generation has to offer the workplace.

In order to develop generational perspective in the workplace you need to be able to identify which generations you are dealing with and understand the attitudes, values and beliefs of each of them.

Things to understand about the different generations:

 Stabilizing Traditionalists – Born after 1946

  • Control
  • Discipline
  • Self-sacrifice
  • Respect upfront
  • Trust authority and hierarchy

 Transformational Baby Boomers – Born between 1946 and 1964

  • Idealists
  • Workaholics
  • Politically correct/sensitive
  • Status driven

 Entrepreneurial Generation Xers – Born between 1965 and 1978

  • Independent
  • Resourceful
  • Freedom to act
  • Work with technology
  • Need stimulation and challenges

 Always-On Millennials – Born after 1978 and before 2000

  • Instant gratification
  • Digital generation
  • Treat all as equals
  • Work is a means to an end

Generation Z – Born after 2000

  • Ethical
  • Realistic
  • Social networker
  • Undefined ID
  • Dialoguer

If you want to engender effective internal and external relationships, improve self-managementand learn how to truly connect to individuals within your team, knowledge of generational diversity in the workplace is paramount.

Think of someone who is in a different generation to you and how you could adapt your behaviour for harmony?

Watch the video below to get tips on how to transcend generational differences.

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