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Today’s workforce is made up of multiple generations—five to be exact—and each has a differing attitude towards work and their employers. Because of this, it’s important for employers to adapt to different communication styles for these different audiences.
To help you effectively manage a multi-generational workforce in 2023 and beyond, we’re breaking down each generation to understand what influences them, what their priorities are, and how these factors affect their preferred communication styles.
Many believe that there are four generations in the current workforce; however, due to the rising number of older employees who aren’t retiring and continuing to work, others consider the true number to be five.
Also known as the Silent Generation, this group is made up of people born between 1928 and 1945. Though most are now in their 70’s and 80’s, many are still working because they are unable to retire, as analyzed by the Economic Policy Institute.
This group is made of up people born between 1946 and 1964. The majority of this generation has spent their entire career in one or two positions, so they’ve culminated a wealth of industry knowledge and are also more likely to remain more loyal to their employer than later generations.
Born between 1965 and 1976, this generation is known for their independence and greater understanding of technology than their predecessors.
This group makes up those born between 1977 and 1996. They have been one of the most influential generations in the workforce, seeing as they have been on both sides of the giant technological shift that started in the mid-2000’s.
Born between 1997 and 2012, this is not only the newest—but also the largest and most diverse—workforce in U.S. history.
In order to remain union-free, employers must understand, respect, and engage all generations in the workplace. Our communications consultants at IRI understand the complexities of managing a multi-generational workforce, and use this knowledge to help organizations effectively communicate with each generation and ultimately foster respect in the workplace.