Consider the first videogame, “Pong” by Atari. “This that of a square ball that bounce from one side of the television screen to another. Players had to move their paddle, which is a straight line, up and down the screen in an effort to keep the ball from going out their side. The game came with an 18 page instruction manual. Today’s videogames are multilevel, highly complex adventures. How big is a manual? Zero pages, they do not have one.
Why the difference?
Today’s game players learn their games by exploring the blogs and social media sites were tips and game secrets are posted.
Likewise, in the workplace employees want to learn based on interaction with peers and supervisors and online resources. Whereas baby boomers will prefer instruction manuals, job aids, step-by-step instructions and a mentor younger workers want a more hands-on experience.
©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.
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
“Because I Said So! ”: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.
“When Generations Collide”: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work.
More books about generations.