Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation: Stereotypes & (Mis)Perceptions in the Workplace

Gen Ys are lazy.

Gen Xers are whiners.

Baby Boomers are workaholics.

With all the trash-talking and stereotyping going on, it’s no wonder people think we can’t all get along!

Throwing generational daggers at each other is nothing new, especially as your workplace could have four generations trying to co-exist as we speak.

That’s why we asked this question on our Twitter #careerchat: What’s REALLY behind generational differences in the workplace?

Takeaways from the chat:

  • WomensAlly: There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them. -Tom Krause
  • TECMidwest: The amount of professional experience influences your traits. Some people are more eager to learn.
  • SarahHofmann: Give us 5 years, and we’ll have experience. Inevitable to any generation, not necessarily a generational trait.
  • WomensAlly:  Learn from the leadership role models in your life.
  • thatwoman_is: Older doesn’t mean smarter and experienced. Younger doesn’t mean easier to grasp technology. It’s confidence.
  • karolynliberty: Millennials Need Input.
  • Jelfster: We need to concentrate on the value of the individual versus their age. Unacceptable to stereotype by any other criteria.
  • karolynliberty: Would love direct actionable negative feedback, not traditional office politics that we really don’t understand yet
  • WriterChanelle: Sometimes Gen Y are a little too reliant on tech. Sometimes better to talk to someone rather than email.
  • thatwoman_is: I think like race – the different generations have plenty of similar traits – we just focus too much on differences.
  • WriterChanelle: Common sense isn’t common!

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