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Just ask a boomer

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To pass the torch gracefully to Generations X and Y, boomers need to explain a few things.

1. Manners still matter. We care about civility and respect, not appreciating emails that start with “Hey” or “Yo.” Ending every sentence with an exclamation point is boring and lacks seriousness. And it’s rude to text while talking.

2. Don’t reinvent the Edsel. If we’re not keen on your new idea, it’s not because we like being difficult. We tried it and it didn’t work. Explain how yours is different.

3. We care about spelling and grammar. There’s still a buyer’s market for talent, so frankly, we may write you off if you have trouble with apostrophe’s (like this). If you can’t get simple things right, we’ll wonder if you’re smart enough.

4. We need to feel valued and respected. We like sharing what we’ve learned and helping you. Just ask.

— Adapted from “27 at Heart,” Alison Maitland, The Conference Board Review.

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