How to Inspire Productivity Among Different Generations in the Workplace
Different Generations in the Workplace Can Come Together as One Strong Team
There’s a new generation getting an increasing amount of attention, and no it’s not the Millennials. It’s a younger crop of people that are new to the job market – and they’re called Generation Z. This adds a new dynamic to generations in the workplace.
If your office still has Baby Boomers in it, then there is a chance you’ve got a 72-year-old working with “Gen-Zers” who could be 23. That’s quite an age gap, bordering on great grandparent/great-grandchild territory. Can these two really be productive working side by side?
As the stereotype goes, Baby Boomers are known to be fiercely loyal to their employer, yet they also want titles and authority that reflect their decades in their career field. Whether this holds true or not, managers have to recognize that every worker has different preferences where management style is concerned, and this can sometimes follow a specific trend in each generation.
For example, you can leverage older workers’ expertise by making them mentors for people who are new to the career. Generation X employees (age 39 to 53), who have a reputation for being loners, don’t always follow this pattern, yet they do enjoy mentorship options, which is an example of how generations in the workplace can meld perfectly.
One of the first stereotypes coming out about Gen-Zers is that they aren’t risk takers. For example, by the time they graduate high school, they’re less likely to have a driver’s license because they grew up with smartphones. With the increased use of smartphones, they feel their need for actual physical social contact is low. But what does that say about the workplace? One theory is that they are less experienced in dealing with people face-to-face, whether in a casual, friendly situation or in dealing with confrontation.
Gen Z Assets
While Gen-Z workers might have fewer social skills, they are more likely to understand and accept diversity, especially in Hispanic interactions. The Hispanic population has gone from 9 million in 1970 to 53 million in 2012. Furthermore, there were 9.6 million foreign-born residents in the United States in 1970 compared to 41.3 million in 2013.
Attitudes toward sexuality have also evolved, and you are going to find that your Gen-Z employees are not concerned about the various gender identity associations that older generations struggle to understand and accept.
Regardless of what generation your pool of applicants comes from, there are various hidden workplace behaviors that are often unknown until they are confronted with a catalyst to reveal themselves. These behaviors will dictate how well your teams work together.
In order to make smart hiring decisions, you should use the predictive index method, which utilizes a cognitive and behavioral assessment to unlock hidden potential.
At PI Consulting Group, we’re the predictive index experts that can assist you. Contact us today and let’s talk about our methods and how generations in the workplace can be a great thing for your company.