From Boomer to Gen Y: What's Working in Multi-Generation Workforce Management

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With talk in D.C. about raising Social Security retirement's age from 65 to anywhere between 67 and 70, it's likely that older employees will stay in the workforce longer. This age group's delayed retirement, combined with new college graduates entering the workforce daily, opens the door for different opinions, choices, and thought processes based on age alone. With such a diverse group, it's no surprise that 72 percent of HR executives find managing a multigenerational workforce to be incredibly challenging.

Consider this stat: According to a 2010 report from the Conference Board, Millennials believe that Boomers are less comfortable with technology and adapting to change than their younger counterparts. On the flip side, Boomers feel that younger generations are difficult to manage and more likely to need supervision.

With such perceptions in place, the workplace is ripe for friction, and HR professionals are faced with the challenge of tailoring a work environment where all generations can thrive. It is vital for you to understand how to accommodate employees of all ages, so your organization can be diverse, productive, and successful.