How to bridge the generation gap in the workplace

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Generation gap in the workplace

Do you have a generation gap in the workplace?

If you have employees on your team ranging from their 20s up through their 70s, you may have noticed a few challenges:

  • Do these colleagues have a hard time relating to each other in conversation?
  • Do they seem to have clashing processes and preferences for getting their work done?
  • Have their differences had a negative impact on their ability to generate complementary ideas and collaborate on projects to completion?
  • Do they struggle to relate to customers of other generations and adapt to their expectations?
  • Are you unable to identify common motivators for your team?

How could your business function better if you could help to bridge the generation gap in the workplace?

First, let’s review the different generations out in the workplace and the years of birth that define them:

  • Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964)
  • Generation X (1965 – 1980)
  • Xennials (1981 – 1985) and Generation Y or Millennials (1986 – 1995), collectively referred to here as “Millennials”
  • Generation Z (1996 – present)

Now, let’s examine each generation and explore how to establish a cohesive, high-performing multi-generational team.

What each generation has in common



In order to bridge the gap, we need some tools. Think of formative experiences as the foundation, aspirations as the substructure and communication preferences as the superstructure. Read more here…

Credit: Insperity

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