With up to 5 generations in the workplace, finding a way of doing things that suits everyone is perhaps one of the biggest challenges to the future of work.
With typically analog leadership across an increasing digital workforce its no surprise we have and will continue to meet many hurdles along the way. But allocating unnecessary labels and profile types across the generations is not helpful. Instead to regard everyone with the view that they are an individual and will have needs and preferences different to those even within their own generation will make the journey a lot smoother.
In his article below leading Digital Analyst, Brian Solis makes the case for removing the labels and building bridges between the generations.
The "generation gap" as it's formally called, represents the difference of opinion between one generation and another regarding beliefs, politics or values. Depending on the situation or circumstance, this gap can foster debate, ignorance and even contention, often pitting younger people against their parents, grandparents, teachers, managers and fellow citizens. But, this is a time not only of great divide, but also of great disruption. Continuing on a path of "business as usual" is a sure passage to irrelevance or obsolescence. If we do not shift perspectives and mindsets to build bridges between generations, we distract or prevent productive and lucrative investments in equitable transformation and innovation.