You’ve just been assigned a new team and they’re all under 25. What’s your first response?
a) “Ugh. Get me outta here…fast.”
b) “Yes! Now we can finally get something done.”
c) “Meh. What else is new?”
Your gut reaction to this scenario may have a lot to do with your own generation. Boomer, Gen X, Millennial…each has different expectations of life and work. While it’s best to get to know your team as individuals, it doesn’t hurt to also understand what makes them tick as a generation.
Here are some links to get you started:
- The Daily Muse illustrates what motivates the four generations in the workforce.
- Laura Vanderkam looks at the cyclical nature of complaining about younger workers.
- Back in 2008, Clay Collins argued that Gen Y was the most productive.
- And always a step ahead, Penelope Trunk explains how to think like Gen Z.