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Making Sense of Generations in the Workplace

From “kids these days” to “OK, boomer”: A critical examination of generations in the workplace and their practical implications.

What is it?

This research provides a critical examination of generations in the workplace and their practical implications by:

  • Presenting findings from empirical investigations to challenge generations and generations differences as a valid concept.
  • Providing an explanation of what has contributed to the rapid emergence of generational differences as a social and workplace phenomenon.
  • Outlining potential risks associated with improper application of generational stereotypes and providing approaches to navigate them in workplace contexts.

Why does it matter?

It seems impossible to avoid content regarding generations and generational differences in the workplace. However, this content is often anchored in negative assumptions, stereotypes, and blaming of others. HR practitioners must learn to, or to continue to, challenge these assumptions and stereotypes to provide a positive employee experience and prevent exposing the organization to risk.

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  • Dr. David Costanza, Director, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Doctoral Program; Associate professor of Psychology and of Organizational Sciences, George Washington University
  • James Epps Jr., Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, Motivation Movement
  • Dr. Sean Lyons, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Professor, Leadership & Management, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, University of Guelph
  • Elliott Maise, Chair, MASIE Learning Foundation & MAISE Productions
  • Dr. Shelly Rauvola, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, DePaul University
  • Dr. Mazi Raz, Assistant Professor, General Management, Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario
  • Dr. Cort W. Rudolph, Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University
  • Dr. Corey Seemiller, Professor in Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, Wright State University
  • Bruce Tulgan, Founder, CEO, & Author of The Art Of Being Indispensable At Work
  • 1 anonymous contributor