Careers for builders / traditionalists have been completed and most are enjoying retirement. This is not to say that they have left the workplace – because many that did leave have returned. The increased cost of living and/or the lack of a feeling of contribution has caused this generation to seek reemployment.
From the time they entered the workforce until the day they retired most builders and traditionalists worked for the same company. After all, that was the American way. Work yourself up in your company and the company would be good to you and reward you for your seniority ultimately leading to a gold watch or grandfather clock. There was pride not only in one’s career but in one’s employer.
As the builders and traditionalists reenter the workplace they are often experiencing a new employer for the first time since their career began. This is not traumatic by any since of the word but it is a feeling that should be understood.
Role out the welcome mat for this generation by showing respect for the trade they perfected through their career. You can win them over by getting their opinion but you will need to act positively on some of their ideas.
©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
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