Generational Differences Exist in Workplace

Working with a multigenerational team was the subject of Nichole Adams' talk at the Chamber luncheon Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Working with a multigenerational team was the subject of Nichole Adams' talk at the Chamber luncheon Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Generational differences do exist in the workplace, but they're only one facet of workplace diversity.

That was the message from Nichole Adams at Wednesday's Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

In a talk about working successfully with a multigenerational team, Adams, who's human resources manager for the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, said employers are currently dealing with five generations in their workforce, ranging from the traditionalists, who stem from an era when children were seen and not heard, to Generation Z – the youngest in the workforce, who are now 21 or younger.

She said all of those generations differ in their experiences and their expectations regarding their jobs.

Adams said successful teams embrace the diversity of their workers. She said employees regardless of their age want to feel respected, and they value being mentored.

She said employers should be aware of their workforce, be intentional and authentic about diversity and inclusion and should take the time to know one another and maximize the work experience.

Another shot of Adams. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another shot of Adams. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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