Blurring the Lines of Generations in the Workforce
Posted: January 25, 2011 at 10:48 p.m.
Although Baby Boomers encompass people born between 1946 and 1964, some of the younger Boomers tend to group themselves with the generation that followed them.
Generation-X includes those born between 1965 and 1976. Some of the younger Gen-Xers actually may have been born to Baby Boomers.
Because many Gen-Xers grew up in dual-income households or as latchkey kids, they tend to be more independent and more likely to buck authority, according to sociological research. However, this independence is also spurred on by a desire to succeed and not become complacent in one place. Gen-Xers are more likely to question their jobs and look for new ones if they find certain aspects not to their liking. They tend to be more adaptable and amenable to a changing employment environment.
Considering that many of the older Baby Boomers are moving into retirement, the leadership responsibility for many companies will be held by Generation- Xers. Since societal changes are also being made around the world due to more Baby Boomers exiting the workforce, the transition from Boomer to Xer will probably go more smoothly than some anticipate. However, there are bound to be some changes in place.
One thing to realize about Gen-Xers is they tend to be more family-oriented than their predecessors, according to research. That means they’re interested in finding a balance between work and home life. They may work harder during the day to leave earlier to attend to family.