The Multigenerational Workforce TA lecture.odt

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Management and Organizational Studies
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Management and Organizational Studies 1021A/B
Kevin Thompson

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Historically, workplaces have been segregated with gender, age and ethnic lines. Often, HR managers would intentionally segregate employees by race because employees tended to work better with people of their own race. Now, workplaces are becoming more and more diverse and the Multigenerational workplace has become one of the biggest – and often overlooked - challenges of HRM. The traditional generation (1925-1945) - Typically disciplined, loyal team players who work within the system they are respectful of authority, patient, and follow rules - vast knowledge and embody a traditional work ethic The baby boomers (1946-1964) - boomers tend to be optimistic, ambitious, Generation X (1964-1980) - They are incredibly loyal - commited to their work and the people they work with - skeptical, risk-takers and want fun in the workplace - good work life balance Generation Y (1981-1999) - team oriented, work well in groups, as opposed to individual endevours - expected to work hard as they tackle multiple tasks with equal energy – good multi taskers Generation Differences: 1. Work is less central for younger compared to older employees 2. older employees can have a stronger work ethic compared to younger employees 3. younger employees may more highly value leisure compared to older employees 4. younger employees self-report more workplace individuality compared to older employees. Ageism: a system of stereotypes, policies, norms and behaviors that discriminate against, restrict,
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