Managing Multiple Generations

s5_t5_pg1Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace

Differences among generations are one of the greatest challenges facing managers today.
The Canadian workforce today encompasses four separate generations working side by side. Different generations of workers have different attitudes towards how and why they work. By understanding some of the differences affecting the workplace you will be better able to meet the needs of individuals in each generation.

Workplace differences include:

Old WorkplaceNew Workplace
Structured set up Flexible set up
Stable Changeable
Financial incentives Variety of incentives
Continual employment Frequent unemployment
Work for others Self-employment
Large corporations Small businesses or units
Hierarchical Participatory
Education is completed Life-long learning
Focus on product Focus on customer service
Error is tolerated Total quality management and control

* Source: Building Better Workplaces