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2 Traditionalist (born 1922 to 1945) Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) Generation X (born 1965 to 1980) Generation Y (born 1981 to 2000)

3 Each brings strengths Each has challenges They have different: Views and expectations Work ethics Communication methods Familiarity with technology

4 Baby Boomers feel that the Gen X-ers do not care enough about work

5 Gen X-ers feel that Baby Boomers care too much about work

6 Gen Y-ers want to move up the corporate ladder too quickly without paying respect to the traditional methods of advancement

7 Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers would rather be any other place than work, and they would prefer to work from home

8 Baby Boomers want everyone to put in long hours in the workplace

9 Baby Boomers are extremely loyal to their companies

10 Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers are not as loyal as Baby Boomers to their companies

11 These are sweeping generalizations, but there is some truth Each generation lived in a different time


13 Have worked longer than any other generation Known as the Silent Generation Many lived through the Great Depression and World War II Lives were very tough at times, and they worked hard for what they had

14 Usually live within their means Loyal to family, friends, and employers Financially conservative Many are retired or nearing retirement; many working part time


16 Winston Churchill became Britains Prime Minister Hitler invaded many countries The first Social Security checks were paid out The first McDonalds opened in Pasadena, California

17 The Superman radio show debuted Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath received the Pulitzer Prize The Rh factor in blood was discovered


19 Joseph Stalin died Moscow exploded a hydrogen bomb Dwight D. Eisenhower became US President (with Nixon as VP) The Rosenburgs were executed TV Guide premiered its first issue

20 Playboy premiered its first issue Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea received the Pulitzer Prize Edmund Hillary reached the top of Mt. Everest The first successful open-heart surgery was performed in Philadelphia


22 The Washington to Moscow hot line opened There were US military advisors in South Vietnam Martin Luther King Jr.s held his March on Washington President John F. Kennedy was assassinated

23 Beatlemania hit the UK Julia Child debuted on TV Faulkners The Reivers received the Pulitzer Prize The first liver transplant was performed Valium was developed

24 Most companies have a Traditionalist on their Board of Directors These are the people who set the tone of the workplace, create the workplace culture, and set the strategic direction

25 Traditionalist were the parents of the Baby Boomers, and while Traditionalists went through difficult economic times, their children did not


27 Were raised to have the things their parents never did They are also known as the Me generation They are generally optimistic Can be competitive because they needed to compete with their peers Work well in team settings

28 Hard workingDo not mind putting in very long hours Post World War II, Cold War, civil rights, womens rights Want acknowledgement for their efforts Motto: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll


30 Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize China detonated its first atomic bomb Bob Dylan's protest music became popular

31 The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show Peyton Place premiered on TV US Surgeon General affirmed that cigarette smoking causes cancer


33 OPEC hiked oil prices A ceasefire was signed in the Vietnam War Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize Nixon accepted responsibility for Watergate

34 Roe v. Wade Sacheen Littlefeather stood in for Marlon Brando and refused his Oscar for The Godfather Skylab was launched Pablo Picasso died


36 Princess Grace of Monaco died Leonid Brezhnev died Israel invaded Lebanon attacking the PLO Ronald Reagan was president John Hinkley was found not guilty of shooting Reagan because of insanity

37 Michael Jackson's Thriller was released John Belushi died Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines were introduced in Britain The first genetically-engineered plant, a tomato, was approved for sale

38 Women were in the workforce Divorce rates were increasing Children were being raised in child care centers, and there were latchkey kids Children saw their parents working extremely long hours and sacrificing family time for work

39 These children saw gasoline rationing and long lines and the pumps They witnessed their parents being laid off and downsized during the difficult economic times with double digit inflation


41 Generation X is more economically conservative than their parents Have a strong need for family connections and will not sacrifice long work hours and endure stress as their parents generation did Will not depend on their companies to provide long term security for them

42 They are very independent Want a work/life balance Committed to work, but not committed to the company Like technology Not interested in hierarchical structures Like collaboration Have an entrepreneurial spirit


44 A terrorist explosion killed 237 U.S. Marines in Beirut A South Korean jetliner was shot down by the Soviets Sally Ride was the first U.S. woman astronaut in space Compact discs were introduced Karen Carpenter died from anorexia nervosa

45 The last episode of M*A*S*H was shown "Crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and appeared in the U.S. El Nino disrupted global weather patterns The FCC authorized testing of cellular phone service in Chicago


47 The Soviet Union broke up A ceasefire ended the Persian Gulf War Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment Fox Broadcasting permitted condom advertising on TV Paul Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure

48 Nirvana released Smells Like Teen Spirit Gopher, the first user-friendly internet interface, was created at the University of Minnesota The first transpacific hot-air balloon flight was successful Theodore Seuss Geisel died


50 India conducted three atomic tests; Pakistan responded with five nuclear tests Europeans agreed on the Euro Iraq ended cooperation with UN arms inspectors The Clinton and Lewinsky sex scandal The Unabomber was sentenced Matthew Sheppard was fatally beaten

51 Terry Nichols received a life sentence for the Oklahoma City bombing The movie Titanic became the highest grossing film of all time The last episode of Seinfeld aired Frank Sinatra died The FDA approved Viagra The Endeavour crew connected the first two modules of the international space station

52 Generation X used collaborative education in the classroom Gen-Xers are team oriented This was a transitional generation with many technological changes

53 They ushered in the era of video games and personal computers Gen-Xers want things to happen quickly and efficiently


55 The Gen-Yers were brought up during an affluent time They had very supportive parents and teachers In school they learned to multi-task because of the pressure to be successful in the classroom and with extra-curricular activities

56 They are also called Millennials They are comfortable using technology Social networking is important Lines between work and life are blurry Need a structured work setting They ask a lot of questions Flexibility is important


58 Global fear of the Y2K bug and Armageddon The Columbine school shootings John F. Kennedy, Jr. was lost at sea The impeachment trial of Clinton Monica Lewinsky's first TV interview aired on 20/20 with Barbara Walters

59 Stanley Kubrick died The Blair Witch Project emerged Rev. Jerry Falwell calls Teletubby Tinky Winkey gay Melissa and Chernobyl viruses affect computers worldwide Worldwide internet use reaches 150 million with over 50% in the U.S.


61 Russia invaded Georgia Castro resigned as Cuba's president Numerous suicide bombings in the Middle East The stock market plunged Unemployment rates spiked Barack Obama elected US President

62 Bill Gates retired from Microsoft The banking and automobile industries declined Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer The polar bear designed as threatened California banned trans fats in restaurants


64 The Millennials have had cell phones, pages, and personal computers all their lives They have high self-esteem and are extremely confident They are used to full lives combining school, family, and extracurricular activities


66 A 2008 survey* by Harris Interactive conducted for Charles Schwab and Age Wave, shows that people have strong positive and negative opinions about the different generations *Widely Held Attitudes to Different Generations, Financetorial, August 24, 2008, different-generations/ different-generations/

67 Generation Y, people aged 13 to 31 Generation X, aged 32 to 43 Baby Boomers, aged 44 to 62 Silent Generation, aged 63 to 83 Greatest Generation, aged 84+

68 Baby Boomers (35%) are most widely viewed as having a positive effect on society, followed by Generation X (25%)

69 The Silent Generation (33%) and the Greatest Generation (30%) are the most widely admired generations, followed by Baby Boomers (22%)

70 The Silent Generation (40%) and Baby Boomers (33%) are widely viewed as the most generous

71 The two generations widely seen as the most productive are Baby Boomers (45%) and Generation X (32%)

72 A 53 percent majority (including a majority of Gen Y itself) believe Generation Y is the most self- indulgent, followed by Generation X (25%)

73 Generation X is seen as the most innovative (41%), followed by Baby Boomers (25%) and Generation Y (22%)

74 There is no consensus as to which generation is most socially conscious, but Baby Boomers (34%) and Generation X (26%) top the list

75 Gen Y would like to rename themselves the Internet Generation (32%). They really dislike being called Generation Y or Millennials

76 Gen X would choose to rename themselves Generation Tech (25%). They dislike being called Generation X

77 Baby Boomers are the only generation which seems to really like the name given to them (27%)

78 The Silent Generation would re-name themselves the Responsible Generation (44%). They strongly dislike being called Silent or Invisible

79 Two widely-held views are false: 1. America is riddled with ageism 2. Younger people have no respect for older people

80 The two oldest generations are much more admired than any other generation

81 Baby Boomers get higher marks than any other generation for being socially conscious, being productive, and having a positive effect on society


83 Has a unique history that affects how they view work

84 Has learned something from the previous generations (That has helped shape them)

85 Has lived with different and changing family structures

86 Has a different communication style

87 Has values and strengths they bring into the workplace (Focus on those)

88 Has challenges they face and needs that could make the workplace more attractive

89 Has a unique approach to work

90 Has differing views on recognitions and awards

91 What is your workplace culture? Are you goal oriented Do you value teamwork or individuality Do you value your employees input Are you flexible with schedules Do you ever have fun Are you consistent throughout the company

92 What is your organizational structure? Formal with a complex structure; clear chain of command; fixed duties and relationships; established channels of communication Decentralized with a relaxed structure; flexible duties and relationships; casual communication

93 What are your specific job requirements? How are meetings held and conducted? How do you motivate your employees? How are promotions and awards conferred?

94 In which generation are you? What are your values, strengths, challenges, & needs? What are your expectations for yourself and others?

95 Be aware of the differences Appreciate others strengths Interact with others and encourage them to interact

96 Focus on the strengths Acknowledge differences See value in questions See value in experience and company history Use humor and a positive outlook

97 Use face-to-face or written communication, when necessary Be briefuse bullets Avoid jargon, clichés, and abbreviations Pay attention when multi-tasking Have brief, efficient meetings

98 Be available to answer questions Ask questions Communicate the big picture Be a role model

99 Build morale Manage conflict Value diversity Encourage continuing education Seek challenging and creative tasks

100 Provide timely feedback and acknowledgements Consider community involvement activities Consider mentoring relationships Be a role model Have fun, as appropriate

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