Generations: Boomers and Echos and Nexters – Oh My! Essay

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Generations: Boomers and Echos and Nexters – Oh My!

Overview 3
Critical Analysis 4
Suggested Implementation 5
Potential Problem with Implementation 7
Current Article:“10+ ways to minimize generational differences in the workplace” 7
Value of the Hankin Article 9
Important Takeaways 9
References 11

The article “Generations: Boomers and Echos and Nexters – Oh My!” written by Harriet Hankin deals with generational diversity in the workplace. The main focus of the article is the differences of several generations of workers currently trying to thrive, or at least survive, together in today’s workforce. She discusses the different characteristics of each generation,
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We believe a person’s individual life events mold them as much, if not more, than overall period events.
A third viewpoint that we find weak in her argument is that a business actually must manage to generational diversity. Many businesses may not have to do so and some may choose not to do that. While we completely agree that it is a great idea to do so, ultimately a company is in business to make a profit. If it will completely change the way they must conduct business, it may not necessarily be the right thing to do for that company. Of course, managers must pay attention to what is going on in their organization and work to adapt to the world as it changes, but it may not be the right thing to offer more flexible lifestyles or a different management technique to a business that does not need it. Does every type of company need to worry about the differences in generational gaps? We struggle to believe every company can succeed if they change their business models to match their employees’’ viewpoints about their needs.
One of the arguments Hankin used regarding the aging workforce also can be disputed. While the Baby Boomers and Silent Generation are retiring, the Echo generation is quickly coming into the workforce. All signs point to those workers staying in the workforce for many years, likely longer than any generation before them. With technology improving and so many workers available, it is hard to believe there will be a

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