Title

Understanding and Managing Four Generations in Today's Workplace With Emphasis on the Coming of Age of the Millennial Generation

Date of Award

8-10-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Leadership & Organizations

Advisor

Jerry Call

Keywords

Baby Boomers; Generation X, Xers; Generational Strengths and Weaknesses; Generations in the Workplace; Managing based on generational characteristics; Millennials; Reverse Mentoring; Social Media; Traditionalists

Abstract

The intent of this project is to provide insight for business leaders about the four generations comprising today's workforce. The four generations found in the workplace today are Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. This project defines each of these generations, identifies strengths and weaknesses of each generation and identifies areas in which these generations may experience disconnect in the workplace. There are suggestions about small changes in the way these generations are managed which can effectively reduce disconnect among the generations-an important step toward increasing productivity and engaging Millennials. This project is structured in such a way that it can be used as a tool and resource for implementing social media and different forms of mentoring.

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