Workplace Etiquette: Millennials to Baby Boomers

How Each Generational Cohort Works Most Effectively:




Baby Boomers (1946-1964)

The Baby Boomer generation entered the workforce when a typical 9-to-5 schedule, dressier business attire and a lot of structure were the norm. According to a Time article, Boomers still prefer a more traditional approach to the working world. It also says that they want structured, scheduled feedback. Baby Boomers’ strengths stem from a hard work ethic and patience to climb the ladder.


Generation X (1965-1980)

Generation X is a smaller group between the two large cohorts. As an opinion piece in The Washington Post points out, members of Gen X also sit right in the middle of two polar workforce philosophies. While the Post article makes note of a perceived lack of loyalty, Generation X has the great ability to adapt to different work situations.



Millennials (1981-1995)

It seems that many Millennials prefer working together in a group instead of an individual setting. Many younger companies are doing away with the traditional cubicle layout and are opting for an open workspace. This new work environment allows for a stronger sense of community and collaboration. Millennials also thrive on new and evolving technology. Laptops, tablets, smartphones and projectors are some of the tools Millennials use in their productivity. Millennials’ strengths lie in their ability to implement rapid change.

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