The first time we have had 4 generations in the work force

I’ve been researching an idea that will involve Generation Y. There is a lot of similar and rather dull stuff on the subject available at the end of a Google search. Yes, we know about the praise, appraisal and loyalty points.

I tripped across a very good piece of video from Jason Dorsey on YouTube. It’s only about 10 minutes long and it is thought provoking: Baby Boomers vs Generation X and Generation Y.

Today, for the first time in history, there are four generations in the global professional and managerial workforce:

  • The Traditionalists, born between 1925 and 1942. Most, but by no means all of these, have retired or entered semi-retirement.
  • The Baby Boomers, born between 1943 and 1960. The oldest of these have begun retiring from employment.
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1976. Many of these are already established in management positions.
  • Generation Y, born between 1977 and 1995. These form the latest cohort to enter the global workforce.
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