Keynote Speeches - Generational Shift: Leveraging Generational Diversity in the Workplace
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For more than two decades RainmakerThinking, Inc. has been tracking the hopes, fears, and aspirations of people across all generations. Our ongoing study, Generational Shift in the Workforce, reveals strong generational trends in career paths, management practices, attitudes, expectations and behavior in the workplace.
Generational diversity issues in the workplace have never been more pressing, nor have they been more complex.
On the oldest end of the spectrum, the last of the pre-Baby Boomers (1% of the workforce) are waning. The Boomers (30%; born 1946-64) are now the grey haired elders and record numbers of them will for the foreseeable future steadily exit the workforce taking with them decades of wisdom, knowledge and expertise.
On the youngest end of the spectrum, Second Wave Millennials, born 1990-2000, weaned on ubiquitous hand-held devices, economic uncertainty in a post-9/11 world, are already 14% of the workforce and the fastest growing segment of the workforce. Second Wavers are 24 going on 44. Meanwhile, First Wave Millennials (28%; born 1978-89) are now 30-something… going on 20-something.
In the middle, Generation Xers (27%; born 1965-77) are now the prime age workforce, increasingly moving into positions of leadership and responsibility.
We are all living through these profound changes in our workplace today. Our research shows that, depending on where you are in your life and career, you are probably experiencing these changes differently. That’s why the “generational lens” can be so powerful.
Using the “generational lens” he first developed in Managing the Generational Mix – From Urgency to Opportunity Bruce helps people of different generations understand where each other is coming from and where they are going. Along the way, he shares the best practices to help people of all ages work together more effectively and turn age diversity into strategic advantage.
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