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1 MANAGING GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE
Jeanne H. Yamamura CPA, MIM, PHD APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

2 DISCLAIMER This is not you. You are unique and special.
This is everybody else! APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

3 NAME THIS TUNE Wise men say only fools rush in but I can't help falling in love with you Shall I stay would it be a sin If I can't help falling in love with you Elvis Can’t help falling in love Baby Boomer APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

4 NAME THIS TUNE I know I may be young But I’ve got feelings too
And I need to do what I feel like doing So let me go and just listen All you people look at me like I’m a little girl Well, did you ever think it would be OK for me to step into this world … I’m a Slave 4 U Britney Spears Generation Y APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

5 NAME THIS TUNE One soft infested summer Me and Terry became friends Trying in vain to breathe The fire we born in Catching rides to the outskirts Tying faith between our teeth Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house Getting wasted in the heat And hiding on the backstreets Hiding on the backstreets Bruce Springsteen Hiding on the backstreets Generation X APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

6 NAME THIS TUNE That old black magic has me in its spell That old black magic that you weave so well Those icy fingers up and down my spine The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine Glenn Miller That Old Black Magic Veterans APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

7 THE GENERATIONS The Veterans / Traditionalists – Before 1946
48 million (65 to ??) – most retired The Baby Boomers – 78 million (46 to 64) Generation Xers – 49 million (34 to 45) Millennials – After 1976 (to 1994) 74 million (to 33) – many not yet in workplace APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

8 GENERATIONS Generation = Identifiable group that shares birth years, age location, and critical life events at key development stages. Common tastes, attitudes, and experiences Defining events = events that capture attention and emotions and affect generational psyche Assassination of John F. Kennedy Challenger explosion 9/11 Work values more influenced by generational experiences than age and maturation. APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

9 WHY A PROBLEM NOW? In past, generations in workplace were separated
Older employees, mostly white and male= head office Middle-aged employees = middle management or high-skilled, seniority protected positions Youngest employees = factory floor, trainee positions Generational mixing rare and occurred with formality and protocol Senior management made decisions without question or input from below Doubts or concerns held by lower level staff voiced only to each other and usually “off premises” APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

10 WHY A PROBLEM NOW? Physical separation has disappeared
Organizations are more horizontal Increasing number of middle management positions eliminated Workplaces may be smaller and more compact Older employees still in workplace Senior employees might be older than senior employees were in past May be supervised by someone much younger The generational “mix” has changed APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

11 WHY A PROBLEM NOW? Increased competition for more limited number of upward opportunities among different generations The generations have different Values Views Ways of walking, talking, and thinking Potential for increased conflict due to misunderstanding APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

12 THE VETERANS / TRADITIONALISTS
Hold 75% of all U.S. financial assets Lee Iacocca, Mary Kay Ash, Warren Buffett Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

13 VETERANS – DEFINING EVENTS
1927 – Lindbergh completes first transatlantic flight 1929 – stock market crash 1930’s – Great Depression 1932 – FDR elected 1933 – Dust Bowl 1937 – Hitler invades Austria 1941 – Pearl Harbor – U.S. enters WWII 1944 – D Day in Normandy 1945 – Victory in Europe and Japan APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

14 VETERANS – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Core Values: Respect for Authority, Conformity, Discipline Family: Traditional, Nuclear Education: A Dream APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

15 VETERANS – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Communications Media: Rotary Phones, One-on-One, Write a Memo Dealing with Money: Put it away, Pay cash APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

16 BABY BOOMERS Largest generation
Bill and Hillary Clinton, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Rush Limbaugh, Mick Jagger Rock & Roll, Elvis, Grateful Dead, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

17 BABY BOOMERS – DEFINING EVENTS
1954 McCarthy HCUAA hearings begin 1957 Civil Rights Act passed 1962 John Glenn circles earth 1963 Martin Luther King leads march on Washington, DC 1963 Kennedy assassinated 1965 Troops to Vietnam 1969 King and Robert Kennedy assassinated 1969 Woodstock 1970 Kent State shootings APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

18 BABY BOOMERS – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Core Values: Optimism, Involvement, Health and wellness, Personal growth Family: Disintegrating Education: A birthright APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

19 BABY BOOMERS – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Communications Media: Touch-tone Phones, Call me anytime Dealing with Money: Buy now, pay later APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

20 GENERATION X Grew up in the shadow of the Boomers
Brad Pitt, Jewel, Michael Jordan, Michael Dell Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

21 GENERATION X – DEFINING EVENTS
1976 Tandy and Apple market PCs 1979 U.S. corporations begin massive layoffs 1980 John Lennon killed 1986 Challenger disaster 1989 Fall of Berlin Wall 1991 Operation Desert Storm 1992 Rodney King beating, LA riots APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

22 GEN X – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Core Values: Skepticism, Fun, Informality, Self-reliant Family: Latch-key kids Education: A way to get there APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

23 GEN X – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Communications Media: Cell phones, Call me only at work Dealing with Money: Cautious, Conservative, Save, save, save APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

24 MILLENNIALS / GEN Y Coddled offspring of Boomers
Macauley Culkin, Chelsea Clinton, LeAnn Rimes Britney Spears, Jewel, Eminem, Boyz II Men APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

25 MILLENNIALS – DEFINING EVENTS
Oklahoma City bombing Schoolyard shootings Clinton/Lewinsky Columbine High massacre 9/11 APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

26 MILLENNIALS – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Core Values: Realism, Confidence, Extreme fun, Sociability, Civic duty Family: Merged families Education: An incredible expense APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

27 MILLENNIALS – PERSONAL AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Communications Media: Internet, Picture phones, Dealing with Money: Earn to spend APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

28 A LITTLE EXERCISE 1. How many of you have kids 26 or under?
How many of you ever told them they were special and could change the world, fix the world's problems? How many of you told them they can do anything if they put their minds to it? How many of you gave them and encouraged them to use any of the following: computer, PDA, cell phone? How many of you pushed your child to achieve the best and, if they didn’t, gave them or encouraged the giving of an award anyway APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

29 YOU CREATED Special, Confident, Tech savvy,
Achievement oriented Individuals You raised them, now lead them! APIPA 2010

30 GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE
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31 A FUN QUIZ!! Answer each of the following questions by selecting ONE answer. Keep track of your answers (A, B, C, or D) APIPA 2010

32 QUIZ – QUESTION #1 Attitude toward work assignment:
If they say “jump”, I say “how high.” If they say “jump”, I think about doing it a better way, then I jump. If they say “jump”, I want to know what’s in it for me. If they say “jump”, I say “Why?” APIPA 2010

33 QUIZ – QUESTION #2 Role of working women:
Women should stay home and raise the children. Women have come a long way. Some women are even capable of holding high level positions within an organization. Women should have the same opportunities as men in the workplace. Is there a difference between men and women? APIPA 2010

34 QUIZ – QUESTION #3 Perception of work life:
I’ll work at the same company from cradle to grave. I’ll work at a company well into my 60’s, and then maybe do something else. I’ll work at a job until something better comes along – more money is always better but opportunity for quick advancement is best. I don’t want to jump through endless hoops to get promoted. Work? I thought we were supposed to have fun and experience all we could. If it feels like work, I don’t want any part of it! APIPA 2010

35 QUIZ – QUESTION #4 Attitudes toward working hours:
Working long hours every day shows your commitment to the organization. Your family will always be there, but the company may fail if I don’t work hard. It’s hard to balance work and family, but work should come before family if a choice needs to be made. I’ll work from 8-5, unless something very important comes up. Flexibility on the job is really important to me. Standard working hours? If there’s nothing interesting to do at work I should be able to go home. Getting in early is also a problem. APIPA 2010

36 SCORING Give yourself 4 points for each A, 3 points for each B, 2 points for each C, and 1 point for each D. If you scored near 20, you think like the Veterans; points like Baby Boomers; points as Gen X; and 5-9 points like Millennials. APIPA 2010

37 VETERANS IN THE WORKPLACE
Work ethic and values: Hard work, respect authority, sacrifice, duty before fun, adhere to rules, loyalty Work is: an obligation Interactive style: individual Communications: formal, memo APIPA 2010

38 VETERANS – HOW THEY PERFORM
Dependable, loyal, detail-oriented, thorough, hard working Driven by rules and order Strive to uphold culture and traditions Able to leave work at work Need more time for orientation Find technology intimidating APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

39 VETERANS – WHAT MOTIVATES THEM
Use the personal touch. Remember that traditional perks were status symbols. Motivating messages: Your experience is respected here It’s valuable to the rest of us to hear what has – and hasn’t – worked in the past. Your perseverance is valued and will be rewarded. APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

40 VETERANS – HOW THEY LEARN
Traditional classroom environment Lectures and presentations by experts Logical and unemotional language Organized, well-researched information, supported by facts, figures, details, and examples Easy to read font and format OJT when respectful, nonthreatening, and risk free APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

41 VETERANS – HOW THEY LEAD
Command and control Take charge Delegate Make decisions personally APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

42 BABY BOOMERS IN THE WORKPLACE
Work ethic and values: Workaholics, work efficiently, crusading causes, personal fulfillment, desire quality, question authority Work is: an exciting adventure Interactive style: team player, loves to have meetings Communications: in person APIPA 2010

43 BABY BOOMERS – HOW THEY PERFORM
Service oriented, driven, willing to go the extra mile, good at relationship, want to please, good team players Have a strong need to prove themselves to others Not naturally “budget minded” Overly sensitive to feedback Can become political animals if turf threatened Work long hours APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

44 BABY BOOMERS – WHAT MOTIVATES THEM
Try the personal approach. Give lots of public recognition. Give them a chance to prove themselves and their worth. Reward their work ethic and long hours. Motivating messages: You’re important to our success. You are valued here. Your contribution is unique and important. You are needed. APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

45 BABY BOOMERS – HOW THEY LEARN
Respond well to variety of formats (books, videos, self-help guides, audiotapes) Preference for team-building exercises In classroom, more casual atmosphere and more participative, interactive format Training materials scannable with plenty of information, well-organized Dislike role-playing APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

46 BABY BOOMERS – HOW THEY LEAD
Prefer collegial, consensual style Passionate and concerned about participation and spirit at work Want to create a fair and level playing field Difficulty in practicing participative management style APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

47 GEN X IN THE WORKPLACE Work ethic and values: Eliminate the task, self-reliance, want structure and direction, skeptical Work is: a difficult challenge, a contract Interactive style: entrepreneur Communications: direct, immediate APIPA 2010

48 GENERATION X – HOW THEY PERFORM
Strive for balance, freedom, and flexibility Strong dislike for corporate politics, fancy titles, or rigid structures Expect to have fun at work Prefer independence and minimal supervision Good at multitasking Technoliterate, adaptable, and creative May lack people skills APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

49 GENERATION X – WHAT MOTIVATES THEM
Give them lots of projects, allowing them to prioritize them Give lots of constructive feedback Give them time to pursue other interests and have fun at work Give them the best technology you can afford Motivating messages: Do it your way. We’ve got the newest hardware and software. Forget the rules. We’re not very corporate. APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

50 GENERATION X – HOW THEY LEARN
Very comfortable learning from a computer (CD-ROM, interactive video, distance learning, internet courses) Standard classroom training with role playing Prefer most interactive and participative of materials Training materials – brief and scannable APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

51 GENERATION X – HOW THEY LEAD
Lead because they are good at it, not because of status or perks Tend to be fair, competent, straightforward leaders Want to create “campus culture” with informal, creative environment Can be brutally honest Not interested in “political stuff” APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

52 MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKPLACE
Work ethic and values: What’s next, multitasking, tenacity, entrepreneurial, tolerant, goal oriented Work is: a means to an end, fulfillment Interactive style: participative Communications: /text, voice mail (in person when important) APIPA 2010

53 MILLENNIALS – HOW THEY PERFORM
Optimistic and resilient Hard work and goal setting Belief in collective action Respectful of authority but unafraid to approach boss Technologically savvy Exceptional at multitasking Need for supervision and structure Difficulty handling problem customers Drawn to organizations with career ladders and standardized pay/benefits APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

54 MILLENNIALS – HOW TO MOTIVATE THEM
Use coaches or mentors instead of traditional supervisors OJT with supervised autonomy Motivating messages: You’ll be working with other bright, creative people. You and your coworkers can help turn this company around. You can be a hero here. APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

55 MILLENNIALS – HOW THEY LEARN
Highly interactive learning Team exercises Need coaches / mentors rather than traditional supervisors OJT w/supervised autonomy Role playing for younger members APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

56 MILLENIALS – HOW THEY LEAD
Build relationships Know strengths and weaknesses of team members Help members to succeed Share ownership Lead by example APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

57 RESOURCE MATERIAL Generations At Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace by Zemke, Raines, & Filipczak Managing Generation X and Work This Way by Tulgan Employing Generation Why? by Chester Mixing and Managing Four Generations of Employees by Hammill APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010

58 QUESTIONS? APIPA 2010 APIPA 2010


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