This is the first time in history that we have four generations in the workplace so the challenge for leaders is how to engage them and have everyone work as a team. The following material is adapted from Y-Size Your Business by Jason Dorsey, which also contains excellent ideas on working effectively with Generation Y (18-36 year olds). Realize that any discussion of generations relies on generalizations and there will always be exceptions and people who are on the cusp of two generations. Keep an open mind especially with regard to comments about your generation J). Also realize that when each generation entered the work place they carried their own set of beliefs, values, preferences and priorities. Before I outline the four generations lets look at the four critical factors that shape a generation. Each generation is also affected by the major events that occurred as they were growing up.
So what are the four generations?
So given these generational differences what can leaders do to engage them all and forge effective teams? Please share your thoughts and things you are doing to bridge the gaps. If possible please use the Pharmacy Leadership Community Discussion Group so we can all benefit from everyone’s thinking.