You can empower others by taking time to understand who the "others" are. We currently have 4 generations of workers in the job market.
The key to managing 4 generations in the workplace is the ability to communicate across all generations or GEN-FLEX. Take time to listen to these two videos by Cam Marston author of the book, Motivating the "What's in it for me?" Workforce.
In order to begin a conversation across generations in the workplace, use the following chart to appreciate our similarities and differences.
|World War II||Baby Boomers||Generation X||Millennials|
|View of Authority||Respectful||Love/Hate||Unimpressed||Relaxed, polite|
|Leadership By....||Hierarchy||Consensus||Competence||Achievement, pulling
|Relationships||Self-sacrifice||Personal gratification||Reluctance to
|Turn-offs||Vulgarity||Political incorrectness||Clichés, hype||Cynicism, condescension|
Photo of chart available here.
Millennials are the largest group in the workforce, so we need to understand their perceptions and skills.
1. Determine a personal trait
2. Determine a professional trait
3. Identify your Millennial student
There are actually 9 types of millennials attending universities and working in healthcare. Read more about the 9 types of millennials!
Assess your personality by using one of the following free tools:
“Knowing your personality well is the key to a happy and successful life.” (Personality Net Inc.) As a manager, being aware of team personalities can help you build a better team. As an employee, understanding your personality can help you work better with others.