Meeting the Needs of a Multi-Generational Workforce

By Linda C. Haneborg

As the economy continues to rebound, companies and staffing firms are already reporting a tightened labor market. If your organization wants to appeal to a wide variety of top quality job seekers, make sure you are meeting the needs of a multi-generational workforce.

Four generations co-exist in today’s workplace:

  • Traditionalists—born between 1925 and 1942. They thrive on loyalty and stability. Many in this generation have worked for the same employer for their entire professional careers.
  • Boomers—born between 1943 and 1960 . They comprise a majority of today’s workers. Most are team-oriented, driven individuals who work hard to climb the corporate ladder. Their responsibilities include raising a family and caring for aging parents.
  • Generation X—born between 1961 and 1981. They’re independent and aren’t afraid to switch jobs or careers in an effort to continue gaining experience and knowledge.
  • Millennials—born after 1981. They are just beginning to enter the workforce. They are expert multi-taskers and are always looking to balance hobbies and volunteer activities with work.

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