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What’s Age Got to Do with It?

By Verity Creedy

Verity Bissett-Powell You can see that while having an awareness of generational preference is important, the gap is not so colossal that unique strategies are required. Rather than viewing the generational differences as a cavity needing to be filled / crossed / navigated through, instead, I would suggest stopping, observing, and leveraging the perspectives and passions of the generations. Think of the Grand Canyon and the stunning multi-coloured layers that make up that incredible structure. That structure could be your organisation with the colours complimenting each other because of their very differences.

Traditionals. Baby Boomers. X. Y. And now Z is on its way. Generational differences, as an area of significance, is cropping up in more boardroom and HR conversations. Whether large, small, international, or local, organisation’s leaders are wondering what has age got to do with it? How differently do we need to treat them? What changes do we need to make in order to satisfy the various generations who work in our company? What variety of HR initiatives do we need to deploy?

The following series will share fresh research from Development Dimensions International (DDI), which has examined the perspectives of those born between 1922-2000 on four distinctive workplace topic: career direction, motivation, communication, leadership.

What we found is that while having an awareness of generational preference is important, the gap is not so colossal that unique strategies are required. Rather than viewing the generational differences as a cavity needing to be filled / crossed / navigated through, instead, I would suggest stopping, observing, and leveraging the perspectives and passions of the generations. Think of the Grand Canyon and the stunning multi-coloured layers that make up that incredible structure. That structure could be your organisation with the colours complimenting each other because of their very differences.

Read the entire Multi-generational series.

Verity Creedy is a business development executive with DDI in the United Kingdom.

Posted: 01 Jun, 2011,
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