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The Forever Changing Desires of the WorkForce
Baby Boomers – Generation X – Millennials and Beyond
People born between 1945 and 1960, in the generation known as Baby Boomers, grew up in an era where having a stable career that produced the income necessary to feed your family was the primary task. Reliability and consistency were the main priority for baby boomers and by default they put in continual effort to not only maintain the roles they were in but to be promoted into higher roles where they have remained VP’s, directors and senior executives.
Generation X (born between 1961 and 1980) were the children, nieces and nephews of Baby Boomers. They watched and were personally affected by the absence of their parents, while parents toiled away for the “company” the children determined they would achieve a better “work life balance” than the baby boomers had. Generation X witnessed first hand the negative effects that long hours and cancelled vacations had on their families and relationships which by default created the first generation of people chasing the elusive “work life balance.” In this generation extended maternity leave, the introduction of paternity leave, personal days and increased amounts of PTO became a priority for candidates on a job search.
Individuals born between 1981 and 2000, also known as Millennials, adopted the efforts created by Generation X and took it to the next level. Ping Pong tables, sofas and food trucks began to show up in place of conference room tables or cafeterias. In previous generations the norm was to think of work as a way to pay for the life that you wanted to live. However, Millennials have taken that and transitioned to YOLO (you only live once) and a mindset that questions why wait for retirement when you can travel and live your best life NOW! While the original stereotype of a millennial friendly work environment was to add bean bag chairs, pinball machines and free soda or coffee the reality is Millennials are in pursuit of a career that not only funds their lifestyle but is dictated by their lifestyle. Perhaps the greatest challenge to keeping the millennial work force happy is that their radical individualism means that their definition of “life style” varies greatly and that the real answer to keeping Millennial employees happy is no longer extra vacation or ping pong but overall flexibility.
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