Newsflash: There are generational differences in the workplace. Have you heard about it? (I’m dripping with sarcasm here people)
There are articles, presentations, videos, reports, posts, podcasts, and more. You name it and it has been talked about, ad nauseam. Like many issues that come up in the HR world, we spend time talking endlessly about the problem but not enough time on the solution. Generational differences in the workplace is no different.
There are labels and definitions for each generation. Are you a Boomer? Gen X? Gen Y? We’re told how each generation feels and thinks and why they can’t relate to all the other generations. But you know what? At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.
IT DOES NOT MATTER
There have always been differences from generation to generation. If we could spend as much time perfecting how individulas can work effectively together as we do on talking about how generations don’t, we’d have the most productive workforce ever.
So, how do we do that? One thing that occurred to me recently was that when I meet people via social media outlets, I never even think about their age. I have older friends, younger friends, and age is not an issue. They are mostly HR professionals and I have had some great collaborating experiences with them and age has never come up. If anything, any differences in our ages made our output better because we were incorporating many different viewpoints.
What do you think? Does it matter to you? Let’s get some comments going so we can start collaborating on how to get the message and a solution out to the masses.