The math makes sense, but it’s still hard to believe. According to a recent analysis, in the year 2020, 5 generations will be working side by side. What does this mean? Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and Gen 2020 may be sharing cubicle space and cuing at the water cooler for what could amount to the most diversified workplace ever. As maturer generations postpone retirement to later years and our youngest graduates prepare to enter the workforce, the result, in 2020, will be a multi-generational workplace where respect, flexibility, patience and communication will shape successful teams.
As we look to adapt to this new dynamic, the following traits are especially noteworthy:
- “Workplace flexibility trumps salary & career progression for employees.” As younger generations enter the workforce, the world they know is and always has been global. Social media and technology have shaped their understanding of communication tools—and the need to be in the same office to accomplish simple tasks may seem foreign. Flexibility for younger generations is the new standard, and adapting to each unique workplace will require both patience and understanding.
- “All generations look to employers for life skills training, not just for career development.” The workplace has evolved. As employers compete for top talent, perks become a valuable decision maker for some job seekers. Employers such as Google offer “free haircuts, laundry facilities and on-site medial staff,” while our very own Roth Staffing Companies, L.P. offers gym reimbursement plans, health & wellness webinars and a flexible schedule option. Younger generations may never know a workplace without such perks.
Source: How Stuff Works