Generation X Case Study

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Dealing with Generation X and Generation Y in the Workplace When you take a look at any given workplace in today’s world you will see more diversity than ever before. This not only includes more women, minorities, and religious groups but more age differences than ever as well. There are more generations working together at the same time and in the same place than there has ever been in history. It is not uncommon to see a seventy-year-old person working in the same place as an eighteen-year-old person. This creates an interesting dynamic in the modern workplace because this age range includes six different generations of workers that need to be fully understood to get the best job performance possible. The majority of newcomers in the workforce …show more content…
Let’s begin with Generation X. Gen Xers are known to be the most independent generation and are also the most educated in the workplace. Known as the “latchkey” generation, due to the fact that it was the first group to deal with both parents participating in the workforce, this generation in turn became the most self-reliant. Add to this the fact that Gen Xers came of age in a time of soaring national debt, predictions of a Social Security collapse, and a job recession in the early 1990s and you get a recipe for a generation that is often viewed as very direct and to the point and a bit cynical. Generation X is often characterized as independent, entrepreneurial, and …show more content…
Generational differences can affect everything, including recruiting, building teams, dealing with change, motivating, managing, and maintaining and increasing productivity. Learning how to communicate and deal with different generations in the workplace can eliminate many misunderstandings and confrontations in all areas of business. It is always important to keep in mind that even though everyone in the workplace can be divided into different generations, people are individuals and their work ethic should always be based around their own individual merits. It is important to treat coworkers as individuals as not everyone falls perfectly into a generational stereotype. However, having insight into what motivates and influences each generation will definitely make for a more productive and more pleasant work environment for

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