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Understanding Generational Differences

APWA

Public Works Institute

April 9, 2014

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Today’s Goals

Understand our generational differences

Learn the importance of

developing

teams across generations

Determine how to capitalize on strengths

Consider communication and motivation of a variety of generations

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Generations

Generation

Birth Years

Current Population

Traditionalists

1925-1945

50 million

Baby Boomers

1946-1964

80 million

Generation X

1965-1980

46 million

Generation Y/Millennials

1981-2006

76 million

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Why consider generational differences?

Trying to fit an increasingly nontraditional workforce into a traditional workplace

Different values, experiences and styles create misunderstanding and frustration

Hinders development and execution of plans and ideas

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Why consider generational differences?

It’s about creating effective teams.

Active listening

Differing perspectives

A range of expertise

Humor

Recognition and appreciation

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Generations: The Details

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Traditionalists: 1925-1945

Influences

Characteristics

Great Depression

Roaring 1920s

WWI and WWII

Korean War

GI Bill

Patriotic

“Waste not/want not”

Faith in institutions-one company career

Military influenced top down approach

Key Word: Loyal

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Traditionalists

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Baby Boomers: 1946-1964

Influences

Characteristics

Suburbia

TV

Vietnam, Watergate

Human Rights Movement

Drugs and

RockNRoll

Idealistic

Very competitive

Question authority

Key Word: Optimist

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Baby Boomers

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Generation X: 1965-1980

Influences

Characteristics

Sesame Street and MTV

Game Boy

Divorce rate tripled

Latch Key Kids

Eclectic

Resourceful

Self -reliant

Distrustful of institutions

Highly adaptive to change and technology

Key Word: Skepticism

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Generation X

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Millennials: 1981-2006

Influences

Characteristics

Expanded technology

Natural disasters

Violence

Ganges

Diversity

Globally concerned

Realistic

Cyber literate

Personal safety is top concern

Key Word: Realistic

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Millennials

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Traditionalists

Baby Boomers

Generation X

Millennials

Goals

Build a legacy

Stellar Career

Portable Career

Parallel Careers

Career Path

Job changing stigma

Job changing puts you behind

Job changing is necessary

Doesn’t have to be in a straight path

Rewards

Job well done

Money, title and recognition

Freedom

Work that has meaning

Motivator

Security

Money

Time off

Time off

Company Loyalty

Highest

High

Low

Low

Money is

Livelihood

Status symbol

Means to end

Today’s payoff

Value

Family/Community

Success

Time

Individuality

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Playing to the strengths

Communication

Management Style

Motivation

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Communication

Let’s consider something outside the box.

Your experience is respected.

Your commitment made all the difference.

Your contributions are really valuable.

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Communication

You will be collaborating with other bright, creative people.

You are important to our success.

Tell us what has worked well in the past.

Your technical expertise is a big asset.

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Management Style

My experience should bring value to the organization.

I expect the appropriate level of authority and respect for what I do.

All I want is to know how I’m doing and to be recognized for what I do.

I want to be part of a team.

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Motivation

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Motivation

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Motivation

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Credits

“When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work.”

By Lynne Lancaster and David

Stillman

Survey Analysis: Employee Motivation by Generation Factors

By

Seleste

Lunsford, Achieve Global