The Five Generations Of The Workplace Essay

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The Five Generations in the workplace
Walking into an office it is easy to identify the different age groups. In the next few years there will be five generations working together in a variety of jobs. There are a few contributors as to why this is happening. People today have a longer life expectancy due to healthier life styles. People from the older generation are not in a financial position to retire from their jobs. They have to work longer to sustain themselves. They also like working and simply do not want to retire. Unfortunately, with so many age groups working together there can cause some tension in the work place (The Center for Generational Kinetics, 2015). The tension is mainly due to ageism and stereotypes. Ageism is the discrimination of a particular age group. The main target of this discrimination are elderly people (Age UK, n.d.).
Who are the Five Generations?
The oldest generation are called the Traditionalist. These people were born before 1945. The second oldest are the Baby Boomers who were born between 1946 and 1964. Next are Generation X and they were born between 1965 and 1976. Generation Y, also known as Millennials, were born from 1977 to 1995. The last is Generation Z born after 1996 (The Center for Generational Kinetics, 2015). The age brackets will be different depending who is asked. The Traditionalist are also called the Silent Generation. This generation followed the status que and worked to better mankind. Baby Boomers are the opposite of…

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