Generational Harmony

How do four distinct generations with a wide range of experience, expectations and requirements manage to get along together in the workplace, while at the same time meet organizational demands and objectives? CD Generational Harmony explores the interpersonal dynamics among the four generations now working together in offices across the United States: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and the Millennials. By learning where each group has been, and where and how they wish to move forward within the context of work life, it becomes much easier to understand, empathize, and respect those from other generational cultures, and get down to the business at hand.

Cultural Detective Generational Harmony examines each generation separately and then explores how they interact together in the workplace. An emphasis is placed on interactions within a hierarchical environment, such as a small business, large corporation, and university setting.

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Cultural Detective Generational Harmony contains the following stories and critical incidents:

  • To IM or Not to IM:

    Technology comes naturally to Gen Xers and Millennials, often leaving Boomers and Traditionalists in the dark—and at odds with the younger generations.

  • Will You Join the Praise Parade?:

    Millennials need lots of praise and attention and don’t expect to work their way up the ranks, which often gets them into trouble.

  • In Over Your Head:

    Sometimes asking for explicit instructions and communicating face-to-face is best.

  • Live to Work, or Work to Live?:

    Flexibility is a key component in retaining workers of all ages.

  • One Size Does Not Fit All:

    Generations working together have different preferences regarding work style.

  • Getting Everyone On Board:

    The recruiting landscape has changed drastically in the past few years.

  • Four Generations, Each Bringing Brilliance and Bluster, The:

    The CEO sees differences among his staff and wonders what is going on.

Cultural Detective Generational Harmony is authored by Gretchen Neels.