Engaging with Different Workplace Generations-Course Outline

Did you know that by 2020, Millennials will make up 40% of the US workforce?

The Pew Research Center predicts that roughly 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day in the US.  As a result, the make-up of your workplace culture, loyalty drivers, predominant workstyles, and the source of worker motivation will rapidly to change too.

What is your organization doing today to plan for the inevitable cultural shift? What kinds of changes need to be made in your organization to maximize the potential for every generation at work?  e-work.com offers the “Engaging with Different Workplace Generations” module series to help the different generations in your enterprise successfully collaborate and engage in the changing workplace.

This is one of those situations where knowledge is power

The more knowledgeable each employee is about the generations different from themselves, the better they will be equipped to collaborate, communicate, relate and work together with others.

Most people know that today’s workforce consists of three distinct generations: Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen Xers (born 1965-1982), and Millennials (1983-2001). While the average worker may know there are generational differences, they may not know that each generation has very different attitudes and perspectives on:

  • Their work environment and culture
  • Their loyalty and authority
  • The ideal work and personal style
  • The rewards and recognition that motivate them

Why is generational training so important?

Demographers say that experiences from each generation’s first 20 years or so shape their social and personal morays, values and traits.

  • Baby Boomers, although they are in their 50s and 60s, for the most part they are engaged, looking to contribute and wanting to be valuable members of the team.
  • Gen Xers are described as the ideal worker. They need little supervision, they are tech-savvy and they want to learn. They are fairly independent, yet tend to be flexible, adaptable balanced workers.
  • Millennials are hyper-connected multitaskers. They easily integrate work life balance, they are ambitious, codependent, and tenacious, positioning them well for future success in a world of business and organizations

Knowing these personal morays, values and traits offers insights, perspectives, and perhaps even behavioral expectations for colleagues who are from a generation different than themselves.

Module series learning goals:

This module series provides essential insights to learners for all three generations on cultural, loyalty and authority perspectives, ideal work and personal styles, plus the rewards and recognition that motivates them.

For each of the three generations, individuals learn:

  • The defining events, their personal traits and archetypes of the different generations
  • Insights on what drives each generation’s decision-making process and motivation
  • Understanding what makes each generation tick, providing every individual in the enterprise knowledge and insights on how to better collaborate with all generations

The bottom line? Knowledge is power. The more each individual learns about the perspectives, drivers and motivators of generations different than themselves, the better they can relate and empathize with others as unique but complementary members of the same team.

As your organization becomes more mobile and global, is even more essential to maximize the potential for every generation wherever they work. Remember though, it’s not about fixing any of the generations, it’s a matter leveraging the strengths of each generation to maximize the potential of all work teams in the enterprise. Whether you have 20 or 20,000 in the enterprise, this module series can be instantly pushed out to targeted team members on computers or mobile devices.


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