In today’s workplace, many supervisors have to manage people from four different generations, all of which respond to different kinds of carrots, sticks andstyles. The breakdown:
- Traditional workers: born before 1946
- Baby Boomers: 1946–1964
- Generation X: 1965–1979
- Millennials: 1980–1995
According to anecdotal information and research (see box below), managers in U.S. organizations are having the hardest time managing the newest entrants to the work force.
Millennials—also known as Gen Y or the Entitlement Generation—carry the reputation of being opinionated, tech-savvy multitaskers who were raised on constant praise, whether they deserved it or not. Researchers say the result is a generation of workers who don’t like to take orders and have no fear of job-hopping.
The key to managing this generation is flexibility. Millennials crave it. As long as they produce results, don’t violate company policy and aren’t s...(register to read more)