Making generational differences work
Organizations that have a deeper understanding of generational differences go a long way in enhancing the performance of individuals.
Generational differences—reality versus rumor
The topic of generational differences is one that never seems to go away. There has always been a certain amount of narrative and debate about what the differences are and how they influence organizational dynamics. Yet it is important to bear in mind that generational categories are somewhat arbitrary social constructs and that shifting patterns of motivation and behavior are a natural function of a world that itself is changing rapidly. Furthermore, people’s notion of any given generation is based on stereotyping, subjective perception, and untested assumptions.
Millennials, aka Generation Y, are the fastest-growing organizational population globally. Yet how much do business leaders understand about them beyond general perceptions, and what are these perceptions based upon? Are there any empirical data to validate or challenge these assumptions?
One thing is certain—the environment in which people grow up influences their expectations and behavioral norms and, consequently, how they categorize and