According to Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Mich., there are five generations in today's workplace. The Builders and Traditionalists are still hanging in the workplace, although in dwindling numbers, as they seek to remain active in their twilight years. Meanwhile Baby boomers continue to extend their careers as they worry about whether or not they have sufficient funds to enjoy a retirement. They are being joined by the Generation Xers and Generation Y who rightfully belong in the workplace as they build or continue to build their careers. This all while the Millennials are entering through internships and other school related programs.
This creates a struggle for workplace harmony as each generation is bringing a different set of values, work ethics, and view of the way management should relate to them. A poll from Max Impact in Rochester Hills found that it is the number one issue confronting businesses.
The attached list shows some timeless books that are essential in understanding how to deal with the generations in the workplace. Note that each of the three books uses different names and dates for defining the generations. This is unimportant as there is no specific naming standard, just common usage of names.
Learn more about generations
- Builders / Traditionalists, born before 1944
- Baby boomers, born between 1943 and 1964
- Generation Xers, born between 1961 and 1980
- Generation Y, born between 1977 and 2000
- Millennials, born after 1998
Top books about generations
- Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.
- Bridging the Generation Gap: How to Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers to Work Together and Achieve More.
- When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work.