Unresolved inter-generational tensions can cause stress that decreases engagement, productivity and ultimately, profitability. The symptoms are likely to strike workers at all levels and management – up to the top. This e-tip lists 5 common symptoms and then gives 5 approaches to avoiding the potential stress.
You may experience or observe obviously negative behaviors such as:
These symptoms often appear as stress from dealing with other types of diversity as well.
There are simple non-medicinal solutions, simple but requiring intention, patience and accountability to yourself, your team or a coach.
Actions to Alleviate or Prevent the Stress and Resolve the Discomfort:
Which of these diversity stress symptoms have you or your colleagues experienced? How are they currently being dealt with – or are they being ignored or denied? What have been successful techniques for getting beyond the discomfort and benefiting from differences?
Send your responses to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to post or go directly to comment on the Cross-Generational Conversation group on LinkedIN.
© Phyllis Weiss Haserot, 2013. All rights reserved.
* The generational chronology for easy reference: Generations are defined by the similar formative influences – social, cultural, political, economic – that existed as the individuals of particular birth cohorts were growing up. Given that premise, the age breakdowns for each of the four generations currently in the workplace are approximately:
Traditionalists: born 1925-1942
Baby Boomers born 1943-1962
Generation X born 1963-1978
Generation Y/Millennials born 1979-1998
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