Friday, November 24, 2017

Why Grouping Your Workforce By Generation Is A Mistake - FORBES

by Julie Chakraverty 
Originally published: November 22, 2017
Publisher: Forbes.com 

Baby boomers, Gen X, Generation Y (millennials) and now Generation Z – we continue to categorize people by their ages and we’re constantly being given advice on how to best manage these groups in the workforce. A quick Google and you’ll get advice on the best work environment for Gen X or how to motivate your millennials.

But, there’s a problem here. Employers who categorize employees by generation are potentially dismissing employees’ abilities or skills because of their age. Judging employees by generation needs to stop – the broad brushstroke approach doesn’t work in the workplace as employees expect (and deserve) to be treated as individuals, not as a group with assumed commonalities driven by their date of birth.