Being an employer in this day and age can be a challenge. Any given organisation can employ people from as many as four different generations. The challenges involved in engaging and motivating a group of people suddenly seems to be multiplied by four. In this post, we will look at some of the strategies you can employ to engage with your workforce, whichever generation they come from.
What are the generations?
It’s very important to understand that the commonly agreed upon generations are just general terms and the characteristics usually attributed to the different members are by no means scientific. With that said, the four commonly agreed upon generations are:
The Silent Generation – born between 1925 & 1945
The Baby Boomers – born between 1946 and 1964
Generation X – born between 1965 and 1981
Millennials – born between 1982 and 2000
How are the generations different?
The big differences that define these generations typically revolve around the ways they perceive work, the motivation they seek and the communication styles that resonate with them.
This does not mean that one generation is ‘better’ than another, the generations have their key strengths and weaknesses. Rather, these differences should just be thought of as tools in your leadership toolbox to get the best results.
Perception of work
Silent Generation – Work is a duty – respect it and adhere to the rules
Baby Boomers – Work efficiently – work for personal fulfilment
Generation X – Work must be conquered – focus on task elimination
Millennials – Work is multitasking – goal oriented
Silent Generation – The satisfaction is in a job well done
Baby Boomers – Money or ‘better’ titles
Generation X – More freedom at work
Millennials – Fast/immediate positive feedback after a job well done
Silent Generation – Formal/written memos
Baby Boomers – Face to face
Generation X – Straightforward and direct
Millennials – E-mail or text message
How can I use this information?
The first step is recognising that, while an employee may fall into one of the generational categories, it does not define them. Instead, treat this information as a good starting point when it comes to engaging and motivating that employee.
This information is particularly useful to social clubs as they are often expected to cater the social programming to the incredibly varied tastes of the workforce. This can lead to a decline in membership, as the committee may not always be able to arrange events that will interest the different generations.
Neat Ideas helps by offering a diverse range of products and experiences that appeal to every generation. Many social clubs have taken this up and now offer the Neat Ideas platform as a benefit of membership. This kind of adaptability is a great example of engaging with the different generations in the workforce.
When you need help engaging, motivating and rewarding your workforce, talk to the rewards experts at Neat Ideas. Contact us today on 08 6389 0055 and get started.