Jean Alphin

"Short Stories"

Workplace Changing!!!!!


The workplace has been changing a little each year.With three generations,trying to work side by side.Today, going to work isn’t the same as when I first started working in the sixties.

You have to start first with the economy,which has been bad for quite awhile. Then you have a few of the Matures, born between 1922 and 1945.Few of them are still working one or two days a week,just to get by.

Next is the Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964, the post-war babies.When they came into the workplace, they were raised to be competitive and driven. Most believe in working hard ,dressing appropriate,and working long hours and paying their dues. If they wanted to climb the ladder to success,then you would have to even work harder. They began their work day doing business via meetings and phone calls.

Next is Generation X,born between 1965 and 1980.Where the birthrate was the lowest in U.S. history . The children born in this era,were known as the latchkey kids. The reason for the name is, a lot of women went into the workforce due to a lot of divorces and a era of feminists.

General X’s traits are independence’s, resilience’s and adaptability. They also have a pragmatic approach on getting things done.Most have seen the economy do a downturn.Parents getting laid off from work,doors closed,and job insecurity. Those are few of the reasons they take their job seriously. They also to a certain extent began work via meetings and phone calls.

Millennial are next++ Born between 1981 and 2000.  They are the most centric children in our history. Technology has been a part of their life.They think that the computers,internet,cell phones and texting has always been here. They are a very demanding group,they want it all, fun, flexibility and feedback.They think that the workplace should be customized just for them.

With the economy the way it is,and people that want to retire and can’t because of the higher cost of living, dwindling retirement accounts,and of course Higher Health premiums. Most people have no other choice but to keep working longer.

Most boomers are stuck in the workforce for now,and the Generation Xer’s and The Millennial’s aren’t happy campers. But we all have to join together and get along.Just stop and listen to all  generations ,if we all join together,things might stop clashing and make more sense.

We all just have different work styles.

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One thought on “Workplace Changing!!!!!

  1. This is really good, an interesting read.

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