Generational Gaps - An Introduction
“There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age - I missed it coming and going.” ~J.B. Priestly
Do you find yourself in a work meeting looking around the room to notice the drastic amount of diversity in demographics? One major notable difference is the generational gaps that can appear to denote deep chasms of separation between individuals. Right now, the workplace has four separate generations all working together, breaking down traditional barriers, and attempting to get along in this crazy world.
As a typical Generation Y over-achiever, I decided to learn a little more about this and how it impacts not only me, but people within the other generations, specifically the Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. Please note that just because this blog focuses on those three generations, there is a fourth known as the Veterans and they should by no means be excluded. However, for the context of writing this series we will focus on the three generations that make up the majority of the workforce.
On my journey with me, I have recruited two people who have taught me through the differences we have and the generational gaps that exist. First, there is Dr. Mary Landon, our representative “Baby Boomer”, who broke through the proverbial glass ceiling and has led the way for generations of women to grow and learn. Her years in education and management exposed her to many of the issues that can stem from not recognizing and working with differences in the workforce. Secondly, Henry Cobb M.Ed. has agreed to participate in this discussion as our Generation X perspective. His years in training and consulting have made him uniquely qualified to understanding how this issue of generational gaps affects a workplace. Then of course, there is me, Shaina Yowell, representing Generation Y.