Rumor has it that millennial and Gen Z professionals only want to talk via messaging apps or social media. You may have also seen older generations labeled – or treated – as technology laggards or workplace traditionalists. Well, come to find out (from speaking to professionals and my personal experience) that many of the “facts” being shared online about Gen X, Gen Y (millennials), Gen Z and baby boomers are actually fiction – at least at a categorical level.
As my colleagues Shelley Eades and Ahmed Daaboul repeatedly stressed in our latest Your Edge podcast episode, it can be dangerous to make assumptions about what people want based on age alone. People aren’t programmed to communicate a specific way or have the same expectations of an employer just because they were born within a certain timeframe. Each person has their own motivations, communication style, career ambitions and personal priorities. So, if you want to build and maintain a team of talented, motivated people – and have a reputation for being a supportive and inclusive employer – you should heed the advice shared by Shelley and Ahmed in this short roundtable discussion: