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Your guide to engaging a multigenerational workforce

For the first time in history, organizations are likely to have five different generations working together—each with their own skills, interests, priorities and expectations. Not surprisingly, this generational diversity is forcing employers to take a new approach to talent management, embracing both the unique opportunities and the unique challenges of a multigenerational workforce. First, there’s Generation Z—the newest members to enter the workforce—who never knew the world before the internet. Then there are millennials, who bring a sense of “purpose” to the workforce and have high expectations for career growth and development. In the middle, there’s Generation X: self-reliant and juggling their jobs, child care and elderly parents. The baby boomers follow, often hesitant toward technology, but strong believers in collaboration and teamwork. And finally, the traditionalists—also known as the “silent generation”—who prioritize financial security at work and are fiercely loyal to employers. These generational qualities—albeit broad—represent five groups of people raised in different cultures, economies and work landscapes. And while they are far from fixed or completely true for every individual, they do provide a peek into the vast range of values and priorities employers are expected to satisfy today. So, how do you collectively engage employees spanning more than 60 years in age? In this guidebook, you’ll learn how to both understand and meet the needs of each gener ation. With six articles on everything from offering cross-generational mentorship to integrating flextime at work, our featured experts will help you create an environment in which people with a variety of perspectives will not only thrive, but collaborate for greater success.For the first time in history, organizations are likely to have five different generations working together—each with their own skills, interests, priorities and expectations. Not surprisingly, this generational diversity is forcing employers to take a new approach to talent management, embracing both the unique opportunities and the unique challenges of a multigenerational workforce. First, there’s Generation Z—the newest members to enter the workforce—who never knew the world before the internet. Then there are millennials, who bring a sense of “purpose” to the workforce and have high expectations for career growth and development. In the middle, there’s Generation X: self-reliant and juggling their jobs, child care and elderly parents. The baby boomers follow, often hesitant toward technology, but strong believers in collaboration and teamwork. And finally, the traditionalists—also known as the “silent generation”—who prioritize financial security at work and are fiercely loyal to employers. These generational qualities—albeit broad—represent five groups of people raised in different cultures, economies and work landscapes. And while they are far from fixed or completely true for every individual, they do provide a peek into the vast range of values and priorities employers are expected to satisfy today. So, how do you collectively engage employees spanning more than 60 years in age? In this guidebook, you’ll learn how to both understand and meet the needs of each gener ation. With six articles on everything from offering cross-generational mentorship to integrating flextime at work, our featured experts will help you create an environment in which people with a variety of perspectives will not only thrive, but collaborate for greater success.

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