Engaging Across Generations in the Workplace

Have you ever stopped to think about the wide range of ages of Service members, military families, Veterans and other military family service providers that you work with? Chances are, you frequently interact with individuals from most, if not all, of these five generations in your daily work:

  • Traditionalist (born before 1946)
  • Baby Boomer (born 1946 – 1964)
  • Gen X (born 1965 – 1980)
  • Gen Y (born 1981 – 1995)
  • Gen Z (born 1996 +)

People who grow up in the same era certainly may share some characteristics, preferences and ideals over their lifetime, but other generations can have aligning values. If we’re focusing just on the differences and difficulties that can come from the #generationgap we may lose sight of the value of different points of view and our common goals and values.

Join us for a conversation about generations

We believe that maximizing one another’s strengths can help us increase creativity, problem-solving, and learning, and we’d like to have a conversation about how best to do that.

What strategies are you using to become a #generationalbridge builder or to engage with individuals from the various generations at key transition points? What are you interested in learning from others?

Join us on Facebook (MFLN Family Transitions) and Twitter (@MFLNFT) to talk about the differences and similarities between the generations, your experiences in working various generations and your strategies for being a #generationalbridge builder.

Our conversation will be anchored by a two-part webinar series examining the various generations and identifying ways to move beyond stereotypes and potential conflict to bridge across generations.

On May 2, Lisa Hinz, UMN Extension Educator, will introduce us to the various generational groups, their unique mindsets, expectations, and work styles, discussing what each generational group has in common and consider strategies to enhance working relationships across generations. Plan to join us for Engaging Across Generations Part I: Unique Mindsets on May 2. Register or learn more at https://learn.extension.org/events/2911

Lisa Hinz
Lisa Hinz, UMN Extension Educator, will introduce us to the various generational groups.

On May 9th, Brian Fredrickson, UMN Extension Educator, will identify potential challenges and intergenerational tensions that can come with major demographic shift and share strategies to enhance and maintain intergenerational relations over time. Plan to join us for Engaging Across Generations Part II, focusing on Tools & Strategies to communicate and engage in order to harness the strengths of each generation. Register or learn more at https://learn.extension.org/events/2912

Brian Fredrickson, UMN Extension Educator, will identify potential challenges and intergenerational tensions that can come with major demographic shift
Brian Fredrickson, UMN Extension Educator, will identify potential challenges and intergenerational tensions that can come with major demographic shifts.

Throughout the next several weeks, we hope you will join us to discuss the #generationgap and strategies for becoming a #generationalbridge builder. We look forward to the discussion!

The MFLN Family Transitions team
-Anita, Sara, Ellie, Mary Jo, Karen, Vicki, and Bob

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