A Five Generation Workforce

by Katie McGraw on June 18, 2013 at 6:45 am

In recent times, people are staying in the work force longer than years prior, which has resulted in five generations working together.

That is a massive generation gap of young adolescents, working side by side with senior citizens, creating a unique workplace environment. Tuesday afternoon, Jane Evans, a human resource expert, spoke to Zanesville Rotarians about that changing workforce.

"A lots of different diversities, in terms of ages, as well as personality styles and a lot of differences,” said Evans. “We are going to talk about ways that works well together and ways how there is sometimes conflict."

Evans says, where young people lack in experience, they thrive with bringing new and fresh ideas. However, as with most things, there are some cons to this expanded diversity.

"I think conflicts are the different approaches that people have to work. How they view work, different work ethics, what they view as a good work ethic is different a lot of times there are differences and ways of doing things."

Evans suggests the way to handle both, the good and the bad, is to put yourself in the other persons shoes. To try to understand them and ultimately benefit from the workplace differences.