The typical Millennial is such a hot topic of late, it would be easy to forget that any other generation exists, particularly when it comes to the workplace. While this makes sense, it also overlooks a problem – ignoring the needs of other generations in the workplace is not a good idea. Gen X is the generation above Millennials, born between 1965 and the early 80s – many older Millennials report feeling more in tune with the experiences, history and values of Generation X. Baby Boomers are often not discussed when it comes to the future of the workplace, but they shouldn’t be discounted, particularly with rising retirement ages. Older generations may also require more flexibility in their work, but for different reasons. Rather than chasing an experience, Generation X are looking for a better work/life balance – they were the first generation to see the rise of presenteeism and overtime culture, and perhaps feel they would benefit from flexibility, to create more order in their life. While competition is fierce, and Millennials will happily look for a better offer elsewhere if their current workplace isn’t up to scratch, it must be remembered that ultimately, everyone is looking for a happier working life – it just so happens that how that life might look differs from generation to generation, and individual to individual. By identifying key areas which might serve a purpose for everyone, you can ensure that your office caters to all generations, and denies none.
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