The Generational Shift in the Workplace: Are WE ready? The Generational Shift in the Workplace: Are WE Ready? Many organizations are facing several challenges including transferring valuable knowledge to a younger generation in an pdf questions to ask workers about the workplace conflict manner.
In addition, many organizations have recognized a different generation perspectives in work habits and narratives. Organizations are looking for help in managing the personnel change. This essay explores the current conversation of generational dialogue in the workplace, and challenges the myths and truths of stereotyping generations, and takes an historical view of how conventional wisdom views these shifts. My experience as a Generation Xer in the business world inspired my interest in the subject of generational shifts in the workplace. My parents were of the Baby Boomer generation, as were many of my high school teachers, my peers, bosses and mentors.
With the Baby Boomer generation outnumbering the Gen Xers 2 to 1, it was very clear that I was assimilated into their culture. The Boomers I worked with in the telecommunications field had been at the same company for most of their careers. I also came along at a time when digital communication was emerging and replacing existing infrastructures. As a twenty-something, I had been around computers and video games for much of my pre-teen and teenage years, whereas for my Boomer counterparts, computer technology was learning a new language.
It should also be noted that technology was booming and the need replace old infrastructure led to an explosion in technology companies. As the Boomers moved up the ladder, entry-level jobs in technology needed to be filled. With the Generation X population being only half the size, finding a job was not that big of a challenge for many of us. In meetings, I would be the minority in a room full of Boomers. Moving up into the positions vacated by the Boomers was not as challenging, as the competition for these jobs was low. By age 33, I was the regional sales director, with many of my Boomer peers now reporting to me.