Monthly Message from the Work-Life Director
October Greetings from the Director
Generations@Work: National Work and Family Month will Highlight Multi-Generational Workforce
In my office, I regularly work with colleagues in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70s!
Several trends indicate that the multi-generational work force is here to stay. These trends include longer life expectancies, shrinking retirement savings, and projected labor shortages. In other words, individuals will want and need to stay in the labor force while businesses will need to retain both older and younger workers. Anecdotally, I have listened to employees express their frustrations about their work experience in terms of generational differences. I have listened to stories about generational tensions in the work place arising because of different approaches in leadership style; values and organizational priorities; definitions of work ethic; awareness of work-life balance; and acceptable dress codes.
Moreover, research about the workplace classify generational differences within six broad categories: Communication; Motivation and Retention; Styles of Working; Technology; Teamwork and Work/Life. If you want to learn more about these differences and how to work better with your colleagues across the life span, attend the events that we have organized for October’s National Work and Family Month: Generations@Work. Our kick off luncheon will be October 1, featuring Dr. Linda Gravett, author of “Bridging the Generational Gap: How to Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers to Work Together and Achieve More.” For those of you who are unable to attend but would like more information on understanding generational differences, check out our lending library, where you will find a copy of Dr. Gravett’s book and more.