attitudes of a millennial and that of a Baby Boomer when it comes to politics – studies show that more adults are engaged in politics, including voting and policy debates, compared to younger people (-
press.org/2015/09/03/the-whys-and-hows-of-generations- research/). It’s because younger tend to feel that they have less to do with politics compared with older people who feel that they have more at stake when it comes to this certain topic – something that was also true for the Baby Boomers when they were as young as the millennials. The second factor in the list is period effect where it is said that major events and important circumstances during a certain period impact the views and perspectives of people who were living during that time and have lasting effects (- research/ ). One good example for the period effect factor is the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines in the year 1972. Although others still debate whether it has made a positive or negative impact on the country, most will agree that people who were alive and old enough to process what’s happening during that time had a raised awareness on how important it is to have freedom of speech and became much more sensitive to the up keeping of human rights in the country ( ). It rings most true again these days because a lot of people have been raising their concerns on the supposed extrajudicial killings of alleged drug lords, pushers, and users being done by the Duterte administration (Adel 2016). Many are also voicing their concerns on the President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to place the entire country under a ‘state of emergency’ after declaring a ‘state of lawless violence’ following the Davao Night Market bombing last September 3, 2016 (- groups-raise-concern-over-state-of-emergency/77057 ). The last factor, according to the Pews Research Center, is the cohort effect or the unique and major historical events that happen during the opinion-forming stage of each generational cohort and affects their respective perspectives as a generation. As mentioned above, events that most probably affected the perspectives of Filipino millennials include the EDSA People Power Revolution and
the launching of the internet in the country, with the latter making a major and very evident impact on how they think and behave. Considering the differences previously mentioned in this study and in the scholarly observations stated above, conflicts between Baby Boomers (who are mostly supervisors) and the Millennials in the workplace can really occur because of their generational gap and the different perspectives they have as shaped by their respective generations.
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- Spring '15
- DR. Osama Khalil
- Test, Generation Y, Cultural generations, Baby Boomer Supervisors