Confused about Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z? And do you even care?

September 3, 2023

Ever felt yourself recently start to hear different phrases passed around the office, GIFs are utilised more than ever before and you’re seeing different ways of working within your team? #confusedemoji 

It’s inevitable as we all age and grow that we tend to have a way of doing things and cling on to the way things were, the times we grew up in shape us and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! 

It means that there’s many different skillsets, mindsets and ways of working within your team which can be utilised when understood.

As a business owner, it could be really beneficial for you to be aware of generational cohorts. Here’s why…

Generational cohorts are groups of people based on a person’s birth year. And they seem to be talked about way more than they ever have been before…

Different generations tend to behave, think and feel in different ways. This is why they are especially important to you too. Or, depending on the size of your company, something to be aware of.

So, what are the different generations out there?

Baby Boomers (1947-1964) 

Tend to be hardworking and value face-to-face communication. Traditionally they’re seen as team players and they’re goal orientated. They’ve got a wealth of life experience so shouldn’t be brushed aside.

Generation X (1965-1980) 

Tend to have great work ethic, but they see their jobs as what they do, not who they are. They want a good work/life balance and prefer to work with like-minded people who share these values.

Millennials (1981-2000) 

Will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. They want to make a difference and see their job as more than just a way to make money. They want bosses who help them develop, are transparent, and above all, treat them as individuals.

Generation Z (2001-2020) 

Have grown up with technology and are used to being constantly entertained, they want a role that will keep them engaged, with great communication, and full transparency. They want a progressive, open-minded environment to grow in.

Your team are your greatest asset. Which is why it’s important to understand what makes them tick & how you can utilise the skillsets & interests of the many different generations within your team.  Understanding their generational cohort could help guide you.

If you’d like a chat about your team and how we could help, please get in touch on 0131 2878150.

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