As we’ve seen over the past several days, there are substantial differences in the ways the “matures,” the baby boomers, Generation X and the millennials approach work.
So what do we do about it?
Generational expert Cam Marston has a few ideas. For starters, he says Xers and millennials need to realize they will likely work for and respond to baby boomer bosses for the next 20 years or so. “It’s bleak,” he said, “but there’s no way around it.”
With that in mind, Marston says it’s helpful for younger generations to understand a few basic truths about boomer bosses:
Given these truths, Marston says there are a few things Xers and millennials can do to further their own causes.
On the flip side, there are some things boomer bosses can do to improve their relationships with their younger employees. In a recent article, Marston offers boomers the following advice:
And finally, writes Marston, “Don’t waste time wishing they were different. Don’t spend your energy comparing today’s youth to the desires and drive you had at age 18. These employees are not a reflection of you, nor are they an earlier version of you. … Your task is to take this new understanding and use it to reposition how you interact with, motivate and reward your staff.”