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Planning for the Rising … and Retiring Generations in Your Workplace

Harrington

Each generation has a unique worldview shaped by their experience of major societal events and parental upbringing. Yet, in our attempt to make sense of a certain cohort, we may inadvertently stereotype people by attributing one characteristic to an entire generation. It’s much more helpful to archetype — i.e., view a collective pattern of behavior — so that we can better understand what may be influencing their values. This can help us manage workplace conflicts by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes to hopefully judge them less. Let’s take a stroll through the four generations that comprise our current workforce.