With Generation Z entering the workforce, there may be up to five different generations working in your workplace. According to Pew Research, these five generations are the Silent generation (born before 1945), Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964), Generation X (born bewteen1965-1980), Generation Y (most commonly referred to as Millenials) (born between 1981-1996), and Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012). While there is a lot of debate about the specific years each generation begins and ends, these conversations can miss the mark when they hyperfocus on years instead of the larger point of the advantages of integrating all generations into an inclusive workforce.
There is a tangible value in creating a team that appreciates and empowers generational diversity. Significant historical events impact the personal values, worldviews, and beliefs of each generation. Conflict arises when an individual feels their personal values are being threatened. This often happens implicitly. The overlay of generational differences upon other cultural differences can provide challenges to team communication and productivity.
When you’re successful at creating a generationally diverse team, it can create more instances of conflicting values. How can you counteract this to create a healthy team environment? According to the Society for Human Resource Management, there are seven values that matter to employees of every age level. Leveraging these seven values can create an environment that is welcoming and respectful to all generations in your workplace:
As the workforce continues to expand, there will be more differences. Focusing on providing an environment that allows the team to work through conflict provides a more welcoming team experience for everyone.
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