With four different generations in today’s workforce it can be a real problem at the office.
Communication across generations was discussed at a University of Idaho Extension “Lunch and Learn” forum this afternoon. Extension Educator Kathee Tifft said understanding the general differences in thought processes of Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and the Mature Generation can help close that communication gap.
“’Connected' looks different,” said U of I Extension Educator Kathee Tifft. “And there is a real disparity between the generations on what defines 'connecting' and 'communicating'."
The Millennials are the newest generation in the workforce, Tifft said they are usually optimistic and civic-minded, but like frequent feedback. And while Gen-X is the generation that introduced informalities like ‘Casual Friday’, the Boomers introduced us to the competitive and driven ‘workaholic’ mind-set. Of course, these are generalizations and they can’t apply to everyone. But Tifft said they can be used as guidelines to help communication.