Generations: Same…but Different

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics there may be as many as five generations volunteering or working in a single organization right now.  That could be as much as a sixty-year difference between the oldest and the youngest!

Amazing, isn’t it?  It also presents challenges in the workplace.

This post will provide the reader with food for thought about the topic, with additional resources for those who wish to learn more about generational relationships, and how to better manage those challenges.generations

The presentation Generations: Same…but Different briefly covers demographics of volunteers in the USA using the latest report on Volunteering in America from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

You’ll learn which age group volunteers the most; what is the most common type of organization they volunteer for and which gender volunteers most.  You’ll also learn about volunteers in Indiana and that data shows that volunteering has declined slightly nationally, over the past year. However 26.9% of Indiana’s residents volunteered in 2015, a rise of almost 2%

You’ll learn about similarities across the generations; which values differ and what could be clash-points between them.  The presentation will provide you with preferred means of communication and feedback, as well as the donor characteristics of each generation.

The Golden Rule applies

When working or communicating with generations other than your own, the most important thing to keep in mind is to think about how the other person wants to be treated, given directions or feedback.

Each group has its own distinct characteristics, values, and attitudes toward work, based on its generation’s life experiences. To successfully integrate these diverse generations into the workplace, companies will need to embrace radical changes in recruitment, benefits, and creating a corporate culture that actively demonstrates respect and inclusion for its multigenerational work force.  American Management Association

Additional resources:

Mencl, Jennifer and Scott Lester. More Alike Than Different: What Generations Value and How the Values Affect Employee Workplace Perceptions. Sage Journal, 16 April, 2014.

The 2016 Millennial Impact Report.  Achieve Research. Funded by the Case Foundation.




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