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 Workplace||New Workplace|
|Structured set up||Flexible set up|
|Financial incentives||Variety of incentives|
|Continual employment||Frequent unemployment|
|Work for others||Self-employment|
|Large corporations||Small businesses or units|
|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