Beyond Stereotypes: Successfully Navigating the 5-Generation Workspace

Canadians have five generations active in the workforce. How it is possible to look beyond stereotypes and succeed in this environment?
By Belinda Jones

Start talking about age in the workplace, and stereotypes quickly come to the forefront of the conversation. There’s the aging Traditionalist planning to die at their desk … the freshly graduated Generation Z staffer glued to their smartphone ... a Baby Boomer marking time until retirement … the 80s Generation X slacker wondering when they lost their cool … even a self-obsessed Millennial angling for their next gold star. Yet while these tropes may work in sketch comedies and TV dramas, sticking to them in an actual workforce doesn’t lead to productive, happy teams.

On the other hand, ignoring age-related demographics in the workplace isn’t a good answer either. Different age groups do have different motivations, feelings about work, and preferred communication styles. Attempting to jam a one-s...

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