Generations in the workplace has a special connotation, which has been shaped by social patterns and norms that have evolved over the course of time. Much of this is affected by the kinds of roles different generations play. In fact, these very social factors determine the kinds of challenges one will encounter in the workforce. There are also times when the very structure of the workforce itself may be responsible for creating these generations.
In the United States, we have two main age groups, which make up our workforce: baby boomers and Generation X. Boomers are the largest group, with their number reaching well into the hundreds of millions. They were the biggest group of immigrants during the last half of the twentieth century. Generation X is made up of the younger workers of today. These include people who were born between the early 1970s and the early 2000s. They have been described as the generation that has experienced the 'longest generation in history.'
Boomers are characterized as those whose work revolves around building relationships at work. This means that many employees are highly social and don't enjoy spending too much time alone in their offices. As a result, many tend to lead very busy lives, and find little time for interaction outside of the office. They also tend to value their work and their employers, holding themselves accountable for the performance of their employers' business.
Baby boomers aren't just the largest of the generation, they are also the oldest. The average age of Generation X is actually younger than the average age of Generation Y, which is currently the largest. This means that these generations are more likely to have health problems, such as diabetes, higher rates of blood pressure and strokes. They may also be more prone to physical ailments, especially heart disease.
Generation X is the largest of the two major age groups, but it is not the largest proportion of the work force. Baby boomers are not just a generation, but also a section of the workforce. Baby boomers can be expected to retire in the next few years. When they do retire, they will be joining other baby boomers already working in the work force. Because the retirement age is rising, companies have become extremely interested in retaining older workers.
Baby boomers have come of age during a time when technological advancements have been the most advanced in the history of mankind. Because of these advances, businesses can now provide for a healthier work force, higher levels of productivity, and increased profitability. The increase in the use of computers and other technologies has also made it easier to stay competitive in the marketplace. However, some businesses are reluctant to incorporate these new technologies into their workplace because of the fear that it will take away from current business practices. Many businesses feel that it will only bring a disjointed and unproductive workplace with lower employee retention rates.
It has been found that businesses with younger employees tend to have more creativity and innovation than older ones. This could be due to the fact that these employees are more computer literate and capable of using technology to solve problems. Another reason that younger generations in the workplace are better at problem solving is that they seek out problems that do not yet have solutions. A prime example of this is what is commonly referred to as the "Google Crunch". This happened when a search engine optimization company realized that the longer names that were longer than seven words were more likely to be searched for, so they made them easier to say.
One interesting trend noticed is that despite the obvious benefits of being a member of the work force generation, generations who are leaving the workplace will be replacing their predecessors. This phenomenon has caused a shift in the type of workers entering the workforce. It has been recently proven that being part of a generation, as opposed to being a baby boomer, will result in a higher level of job satisfaction. Baby boomers are now having to face the fact that their offspring will also have to work in the same workplace, with the same level of pay, and sometimes even greater.