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Elaine exemplifies baby boomer work ethic

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Each generation currently in the workplace displays a different set of assets and liabilities. Grouped together these become a somewhat predictable attribute known as the generational work ethic. An interview with Elaine, an Australian female baby boomer, we can see a great example of how her generation formed their work ethic.

“I was formed more by my cultural/societal influences than by my parents," Elaine says.

“Understanding where the influences on one’s character originated is often a key to relating to other cultures,” says Max Impact of getmaximpact.com.

Elaine says she was taught that "any work available was worth doing" and that "all work was honorable".

By always putting forth her best effort to be a great employee she would be "rewarded by promotion". Of course a good day’s work earned a good days pay.

"A man or woman was worthy of his or her hire," says Elaine. "As a woman I worked harder to be acknowledged. I had the education but had to 'battle' my way through the ranks."

It was a good experience for her as she learned "to present myself in a way that was not confronting to men but made them want to promote me."

She felt that as an Australian women she was "able to work [her] way through the ranks. Paper qualifications were not necessarily required - experience was."

Through hard work Elaine was able to excel.

"I have had very rewarding life - career wise,” Elaine reflects. “I believe that it was due to the time I was born in. I have been a Jill of all trades and have been able to be a mistress of all of them."

Other baby boomers shared these values as their peers reacted to the work ethic of their parents. With television and movies presenting these same traditionalist values the baby boomer generation it is little surprise that Elaine’s values would be so emblematic of an entire generation.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

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