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What a Multi-Generational Workforce Means for Your Workplace and How to Deal With It

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In recent years, the workforce has changed significantly. Millennials are steadily joining the force while Baby Boomers are not so steadily leaving – and things don’t seem like they’ll be changing anytime soon.

What does this mean for today’s workplace?

Conversations like these can be heard in many a workplace:

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“How can that new guy think it is okay take off work for personal matters so frequently?”

“I know. Did someone forget to tell him he’s not the owner?”

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“I can’t believe how these young employees don’t seem to understand how to communicate in the workplace! I receive emails from them that don’t have complete words and sentences all the time. Do they think they are texting a friend?”

“And forget about expecting them to call in or answer a phone call. They don’t know how to use a phone as a phone!”

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“I’m tired of training new employees who don’t plan on being here very long. Why should I devote time to mentoring someone who is just using this job as a stepping stone to get somewhere else? It’s a waste of my time.”

“I know exactly what you mean. There’s no dedication to a boss or employer, so why try to teach them stuff that we worked hard to learn. Half of them don’t even seem to want the job they have. It’s like they are just putting in time to get enough money for their rent since they couldn’t get a job they like or think they should have gotten.

“You can’t blame them to a certain degree, though. Some of them have debt up to their ears and no real hopes of buying a home around here they’ve gotten so expensive, so I guess they’re just kind of living day to day.

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“I’m so tired of my boss acting like she needs to monitor everything I do. It’s like she doesn’t think I can think on my own and she needs to watch my every move. Why can’t she just tell me what she needs me to do and then just let me do it on my own?”

“I know, it’s like they don’t know we have degrees in this stuff!

Understanding differences and adaptability is the key to creating a positive work environment and managing a steady and productive workplace. It is important to recognize the differences among individuals of different generations and how to best manage individuals who exhibit different approaches to work, communication and work-life balance. It’s also important to assist employees in learning to understand the differences among co-workers and help them learn to value how those differences can be beneficial to everyone in the workplace.

We can help!

We provide training programs that help supervisors learn to effectively manage different types of workers. It can be a real challenge, but there are techniques that can help! We also provide training programs that help get employees learn to value today’s diverse workplace and appreciate the differences among those with whom they work.

As the workforce continues to expand generationally, concerns about how to make your workplace a great environment for each employee will likely arise more and more, especially upon the hiring of new employees. For help with these challenges and many more, please contact us at (858) 753-1775 or info@lmrcenter.com.