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Managing The Workforce Generation Differences

Published on February 13, 2018

Substitution of the generation in the world of work requires the company to make changes in the governance of human resources. In the world of work, today is no stranger to colleagues across generations. That is, the most senior baby boomers generation, X generation, millennial or Y generation, to the youngest Z generation in the office.

Each generation has its own characteristics that determine the advantages and disadvantages in the workplace. Working with different people is not an easy thing. Bringing thoughts between fellow-age is already a lot of challenges, what's more with people who are older or younger. Different views and perspectives often cause communication problems to spark conflict in isolation.

Managing The Workforce Generation Differences

The generation of baby boomers or those born in the 1940s to early 1960s today has mostly enjoyed retirement. But it is possible that they are still working, a strong work ethic and high dedication to the company is also the character of this generation. Then the X generation born in the 1960s to the late 1980s, those born as X generations, generally more appreciate the balance between work and personal life but they are flexible, able to adapt well, and happy to develop the skills that support their careers and good problem solver.

Different generation difference also the character, generation Y or millennial generation born in the 1980s to 1995. This generation is now widely available in the company. They tend to be creative, highly educated, and fluent in technology. Hence, this generation usually has a more efficient work pattern. And the youngest generation that is generation Z over 1995s. Because the average is still young, not many characteristics that can be extracted from them. Technology is a thing that can not be separated from their daily life, making them creative and able to do multi-tasking well at work. Because of the tougher job competition than the previous generation, G-gens tend to be realistic about work. They are interested in becoming a pioneer in entrepreneurship, but also do not hesitate to learn and work hard on the company where he works.

So, how to handle this generation in the company?

  • Increase employee engagement with one another through project work,
  • Brainstorming together,
  • Spreading the same vision and passion.

Indeed differences cannot be eliminated, but at least not make the difference is greater. And, indeed most of the literature or related research across this generation is still referring to Western culture. However, at least we get a little picture of this intergenerational differences to then adjusted to the situation in the world of work. And in the future, what must be understood is Gen Y's role as manager and leader. While Gen X and veterans support from behind, by ensuring the process. Gen X and baby boomers become the counselors of Gen Y. Essentially, every generation should collaborate with the advantages that exist, not walk each.

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