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Six Guidelines for Resolving Intergenerational Conflict

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    When employees of two or more generations are involved in a workplace conflict, they can learn a great deal by sharing their perceptions. For instance, a Traditional may find a Gen Yer's lack of formality and manners offensive, while a Gen Yer may feel dissed when this older employee fails to respect her opinions and input. Have each party use "I" statements to avoid potentially negative confrontations.
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Six Guidelines for Resolving Intergenerational Conflict

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    When employees of two or more generations are involved in a workplace conflict, they can learn a great deal by sharing their perceptions. For instance, a Traditional may find a Gen Yer's lack of formality and manners offensive, while a Gen Yer may feel dissed when this older employee fails to respect her opinions and input. Have each party use "I" statements to avoid potentially negative confrontations.

For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side: the Traditional Generation (born pre-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Generation Y (1981-1995) and the Linkster Generation (born after 1995).

Each generation has been influenced by the historical events, social trends and cultural phenomena of their time, leading to some distinctly different expectations and perceptions about what their working environment will provide and how they should behave as employees.

Not surprisingly, these differences sometimes lead to intergenerational conflicts at work. How can managers help resolve them?

Try these six tips from Larry and Meagan Johnson of Johnson Training Group  (johnsontraininggroup.com), a father-daughter team of experts on managing multigenerational workplaces, and coauthors of "Generations, Inc. – From Boomers to Linksters: Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work" (Amacom, 2010).


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