Bridging the Generational Gap

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Published on March 24, 2014

Author: MattPrince



With four different generations converging in today's workforce, the struggles of communication and workplace dominance have never been stronger. Join the debate as we pair two generations on one stage to compare the strengths and weaknesses of Millennials and Old Schoolers, and learn the value in understanding one another to bridge the generational divide.

Bridging the Generational Gap Keeping Your Sanity in the Workplace Chris Perez, APR | @cperez08 Matt Prince | @Matt_Prince #PRSAWDC

The definition of your generation does not define who you are. It’s an artificial designation, and whether you choose to accept it, is up to you. #PRSAWDC

Traditionalists 1925 - 1945 #PRSAWDC

Baby Boomers 1946 - 1964 #PRSAWDC

Generation X 1965 - 1979 #PRSAWDC

Millennials 1980 - 1997 #PRSAWDC

Generation Z 1997 - 2010 #PRSAWDC

By 2020, Millennials will make up HALF of the workforce. 60% of employees report friction between younger and older employees. #PRSAWDC

How Millennials Describe Themselves Hard Working How HR Professionals Describe Millennials 65% People Savvy 14% 35% 86% 82% 1% 86% 11% Tech Savvy Loyal to Employer

The PROBLEM with stereotyping: Poor Employee Morale Difficult Hiring/Low Retention Diminished Productivity Threat of Litigation


Trophy Kids Millennials are: #PRSAWDC

Millennials grew up coddled, needing nothing. They are demanding and have a warped sense of entitlement. #PRSAWDC

Beat It Deal with it Provide regular feedback When criticizing, underline their importance You are NOT special Be OK with not getting a trophy #PRSAWDC

Technophobes Older Workers are: #PRSAWDC

Older workers are seriously behind technology curve. And worse, they mock and criticize what they don’t understand. #PRSAWDC

Beat It Deal with it Reverse mentor Find common ground Accept your differences You can’t learn it, if you don’t DO it #PRSAWDC

Narcissistic Millennials are: #PRSAWDC

Their devotion to social media has created a #selfie culture that feeds on daily validation. #PRSAWDC

Beat It Deal with it Be patient, but firm Listen Explain YOUR feelings Grow up! Filter Your Life: IFE IFE #PRSAWDC

Stuck in Tradition Older Workers are: #PRSAWDC

Older managers are stuck in the way it’s always been done. #PRSAWDC

Beat It Deal with it Demonstrate new best practices Pick your battles Reduce # and length of meetings Offer flex time/creative work environment Reevaluate evaluations #PRSAWDC

Difficult to work with Millennials are: #PRSAWDC

They bring their lifestyle to the office. Show no initiative. Are opinionated. And don’t show enough respect. #PRSAWDC

Beat It Deal with it Lighten up Show respect Build structure Take risks Recognize professionalism Be better than everyone else #PRSAWDC

Difficult to Work With Older Workers are: #PRSAWDC

They are parenting millennials at home and trying to parent at work. #PRSAWDC

Beat It Deal with it Give to get Accept responsibility Don’t compare to your kids Don’t say: “When I was your age!” Leave drama at home #PRSAWDC

WANT: What we all #PRSAWDC 1. Good Career 2. Happy Marriage 3. Loving Family

Bridging the Generational Gap Keeping Your Sanity in the Workplace Chris Perez, APR | @cperez08 Matt Prince | @Matt_Prince #PRSAWDC

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