AC W10 Generations 4 generations in the workplace

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Four Generations in the Workplace For the first time in history, we have four generations in the workplace. This is due to the advances in medicine which have allowed us to live longer. Radio Babies: born 1930 - 1945 Baby Boomers: born 1946 – 1964 Generation X: born 1965 – 1976 Generation Y: born 1977 – 1990 According to the US Census Bureau, in 2000, the Radio Babies had 63 Million workers in the workforce, the Baby Boomers had 78 Million, Generation X had 48 Million, and Generation Y had 80 Million. It is easy to see that there is a large gap between the Baby Boomers and Generation X, one that will need to be filled somehow as Boomers begin retiring. Having four generations in the workplace has created a new set of challenges employers have had to face for the first time. Four very different upbringings have cultivated four very different perceptions. In looking at the Radio Babies, events such as World War II and the Space Age have shaped their perceptions, and the generation is often stereotyped as being conservative, fiscally prudent and loyal. These traits come from being raised by parents who had just survived the Great Depression. The Baby Boomers were shaped by the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam and are often stereotyped as being ambitious, greedy and materialistic. This is a result of many pursuing the “American Dream” promised to them as children. Generation X grew up with Watergate, dual income families and single parents and are characterized as being independent, cautious and flighty. Their perceptions were shaped by growing up having to take care of themselves early and watching their politicians lie and their parents get laid off. Finally, Generation Y grew up with school shootings, terrorist attacks and AIDS and are
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course COMM 1000345 taught by Professor Mccloud during the Fall '10 term at Mohawk College.

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