A workplace can likely be in shambles if generational diversity rubs the wrong way. The collision of unparalleled principles which causes unwanted stereotyping and conflicting ideas. This, most likely, is caused by ignorance of the innumerable norms and behaviors.
How can multi-generational work ethics affect the workforce?
Normally, employees huddling in a workplace have an age gap of 50 years between the oldest and youngest in certain establishments. With that, a wide range of perspectives, personalities, and principles coexist in one office space. Thus, we live and deal with it as a requirement and by default.
Some of us might hear blabs about colleagues’ work ethics. Often asking how they can adjust or who should be the one to adapt. We grew up from a parenting norm where values of education, religion, events, and innovation shape our everyday lives. And these aspects change every generation.
We can all agree that Generation X is the most independent, resourceful, and competent to work. This era includes individuals who were born in the late ’60s, but before the ’80s. Interestingly, these individuals are the face of 70’s pop culture and their work ethics are considerably pristine and proper. Try to ask your folks about how they uphold their entrepreneurial spirit and good work-life balance, then try to adapt them with a sense of autonomy.
Foreseen ultimately to occupy the working population by 2020, Generation Y – born between 1982 to 2000 – are usually branded as multi-taskers or jugglers. Being comfortable with the rise of technological innovations, Generation Y is often labeled as impatient, but that’s far from the veracity. This generation is just skeptical about gratifications because of the presence of various circumstances of their work outcome.
And today, we are living in a generation where Millennials are being trademarked as the office rockstars — with sophisticated work ethics. The constant changes in the technological world made them adaptable, hipster, and flexible. Millennials can be prolific without lifting an ass on their couch as what they claim and believe. Their aggressive and outspoken nature is being noted as a fundamental element in the workforce. They’ll stay with organizations only if they expect to attain their goals quickly.
Oftentimes, baby boomers and generation X’ers think that Millennials should elevate their working approach. Otherwise, Millennials think that preceding generations are self-absorbed workaholics who often believe in theories. These peerless comparisons can seriously convert a workplace into a cage full of untamed predators – competing for unhealthy superiority.
Is it possible for Millennials to incorporate traits from the past generations? Yes, Millennials might have their own skill set and sense of methodology, but practicing a pristine-proper working etiquette will not hurt, for sure. Even though, they have their own way of paving success, sure thing that “millennial” confidence and “X’ers” humility are perfect ingredients for developing a productive and results-oriented environment.
Millennials can work harmoniously with the elder colleagues and can get things done. In fact, a mix of generational viewpoints brought in to the table is certainly beneficial. Challenges will arise, but proper navigation, mutual respect, and hard work will complement diversity.
Admittedly, generational diversity in a workforce often promotes corporate solidity. Penetrating empathy and recognition can cultivate people’s culture and success if everyone is mature enough to accept differences. By learning to work altogether, people can surely generate a healthy milieu from the generation-diverse yet productive team.
A workplace is not a jungle, it is a setting that encompasses skills and talents to challenge your full potential and personal development. Note it.