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3 easy tips for generational inclusion in the workplace

Coffee is okay for the more senior generations but younger generations want variety in their beverages.
Coffee is okay for the more senior generations but younger generations want variety in their beverages.
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One of the toughest challenges facing employers today is generational diversity and inclusion. With the soon-to-be-retiring baby boomers creating a void, employers need to develop multi-generational work teams to minimize brain drain. Oakland University says the generational inclusion problem is accentuated by the fact that four generations are in today’s workplace and a fifth is about to join them.

Here are some easy tips to develop a more generationally inclusive work environment:

Coffee

Having complimentary coffee is a nice touch for java loving Baby Boomers. However younger generations are not impressed with the choice of Maxwell House or nothing. They prefer decaf and flavors. Braun Research reports that a third of employers offer free coffee for their employees. Not only is not inclusive for younger generations, half the baby boomers say the company-supplied coffee is intolerable.

Loyalty

Historically Generation Y is known to be more of a job-hopping generation than company loyal. This is changing. Generation Y is apparently becoming less intent on changing employers. According to a survey by Fidelity Investments, 25 percent of those aged 22 to 33 hoped to stay with their current employer until retirement. This is a 79 percent increase in the number of faithful long-time minded employees the prior year.

A last word about loyalty: a recent KPMG survey found 75 percent of college students place top priority on job security.

Do not be afraid of younger bosses

Today you can promote younger workers to management jobs without fear of older workers getting uptight. The trend is clear - 53 percent of 35 and older workers say they currently work for someone younger with the majority saying they do not think age is a factor according to Careerbuilder.com.

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Learn more about today’s generations:

  • Builders / traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
  • Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
  • Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
  • Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998

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