Conflicts between generations in the workplace have taken a new turn. With the influx of the Millennials, Generation X managers and bosses are facing new challenges. The work preferences of both generations are at opposite ends of the spectrum in many ways, and agreements about what constitutes a "good work ethic" are hard to come by. Add to that the Millennial approach to teamwork, Generation X's lack of people skills, and a total disagreement about how family and work intersect...and it can be challenging to find common ground.
Let's take a step back and build a deeper understanding of both generations. Let's look at core characteristics and how the strengths of one generation can compliment the strengths of the other. Now that Boomers are out of picture (who are we kidding?), we can find a new way to approach work that focuses on practical, pragmatic, and productive results.
Bob is a writer, an expert on generations, co-author of Generations at Work and a national speaker. He has been a journalist, a marketer, a social media professional and a video producer.
He lives out on the prairie with his dog Skye.