"To manage across the generations we have to learn to be mindful of each other and treat each other as individuals."
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How to motivate a multigenerational workforce

While smart bosses think of their employees as individuals – not labels – there is plenty of behavioural research to suggest that there are significant nuances in the way different generations are motivated at work. As explains, “An honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work isn’t always the case.”

Traditionalists (the Silent Generation)

Since this generation was born between 1922 and 1945, you don’t see many of them in workplace. They firmly believe in an “Honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.” They’re extremely loyal and enjoy being respected for that. Since they’re conformists, they value most job titles and money.

Baby Boomers

Born between 1946 and 1964, this group is also referred to as the “Me” generation. They’re predominately in their 40s and 50s and are well-established in their careers. As such, they hold positions of power and authority, such as law firm leaders and executives.

Gen X

Generation X has around 44 to 50 million Americans who were born between 1965 and 1980. They’re smaller than the previous and succeeding generations, but they’re often credited for bringing work-life balance. This is because they saw first-hand how their hardworking parents became so burnout.

Millennials (Generation Y)

Born after 1980, they tech-savvy generation is currently the largest age group in the country. They’re in their 20’s and are beginning to come into their own in the workforce. They’re the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce.

Gen Z

This generation is right on the heels of Millennials. And, they’re starting to enter the workplace. This generation is motivated by social rewards, mentorship, and constant feedback. They also want to be do meaningful and be given responsibility. Like their predecessors, they also demand flexible schedules.

This table from Mind Tools describes the different traits and characteristics, and how they are frequently stereotyped.


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Veda Dante

Veda Dante is an accomplished journalist, consultant and content creator who has nearly 30 years’ experience writing about everything from tourism, hospitality and health to architecture, pools and luxury goods. When she’s not producing copy for clients, this self-confessed word nerd is usually writing and photographing the Byron Bay region for her blog

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