Generation wars: Can't we all just get along?
Older generations complain that younger generations are lazy and focused on fun, while younger generations complain that older generations are inflexible.
So what gives? As a new generation of workers joins the workforce, people from every generation must look for ways to bridge the gap. Here's a quick look at characteristics from each of the four generations in the workplace and advice on how to leverage everyone's skills to create a more efficient, productive veterinary practice.The New Millennium Generation (Born after 1980)
New Millenniums average six hours a day using technology for entertainment, education, and communication, so they understand technology better than most people born before 1970. Their tech-savvy skills and the glut of job opportunities have given this group a strong sense of self-worth. The result: employees who aren't afraid to be fired or ask for what they want from their jobs. Where Baby Boomers say, "I'm lucky to have the job," New Millenniums say, "You're lucky to have me."
New Millenniums care about their jobs and want to be proud of their performance. However, their idea of hard work may differ from the view of members from other generations. It's likely New Millenniums are bored by some of their responsibilities and see their job as a stepping stone, not a final destination.
Tips to work with them:
Generation X (1965-1980)
Gen Xers watched their workaholic parents lose their marriages, jobs, and stock options after Black Monday in 1987, the second largest U.S. stock market crash. Consequently, when the recession ended and Gen Xers entered the workforce, they displayed a different attitude about their employers and life balance issues. Gen Xers are less loyal to employers and co-workers and more loyal to themselves. Their personal lives are just as important to them as their professional lives.
Gen Xers view their job as a chance to improve skills, try something new, or become a stronger candidate for future jobs. They're the most independent generation in the workforce. Their focus on high-quality results and productivity make them a much-desired employee in a veterinary practice. So you'll naturally go to Gen Xers when you want to update a protocol, consider a new piece of equipment, or start a second location.