Posted September 3, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: How Generationally Agnostic Are You?
What does it mean to be “generationally agnostic”? Simply that you almost don’t notice your coworkers’ age at all. Find out more, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome—you’re now in The Perna Syndicate! As we talk about the Millennial generation’s growing role in America’s workforce, it’s important to remember that they never operate in isolation. 56 million Millennials are working with 53 million Gen-Xers and 41 million Baby Boomers. And don’t forget the up and coming Gen-Z.
This four-generational workplace comes with its share of challenges. But despite the divides, having a range of older and younger coworkers can also be a tremendous asset. Myles Hunter of the company TutorMe says that multiple generations bring significant diversity to the conversation. The older generations have a wealth of experience to share, while the younger generations can bring new perspectives to bear on old problems.
The goal, says Hunter, is to become a generationally agnostic workforce—where, far from seeing one another’s age, old or young, as a potential liability, coworkers almost don’t notice it at all. The secret? Getting all the generations to recognize and appreciate the value of what the others bring.
This is a shift that starts at an individual level. So what about you? How generationally agnostic are you at work? Do you value your coworkers for what they bring instead of their generational label? Or do you see their age as the determining factor in what they can contribute?
We can all become a little more generationally agnostic in how we interact with those older and younger than ourselves at work.
Thanks for being part of The Perna Syndicate this week as we shift the paradigm in education and careers. As always, I’d love to hear your comments, so get in touch with me at MarkCPerna.com. We’ll see you back here next week on The Perna Syndicate!