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Working together to make a better place

Do you remember the effects of retirement on one or both of your parents? Some retirees love retirement and thrive. Others don’t adjust so well. Is it because they identify themselves by their jobs? And when they choose to remain in the workforce, how do they interact with the younger generations? They are “set in their ways,” aren’t they?

At this time in history Baby Boomers are retiring from their careers and workplaces opening up jobs for the younger generations, according to a white paper, “Leadership for Attracting, Engaging and Retaining a Multigenerational Workforce,” produced by Tri-Net, a company that serves as a trusted HR partner to growing companies.

Some retirees return to the workplace for various reasons. Some who could retire continue to work for various reasons. Take a look at the generations to see where you fit into the grand scheme of things:

–Traditionalists, Silent, Veterans – born 1927-1945.

–Baby Boomers – born 1946-1964.

–Generation X or Xers – born 1965 to 1981.

–Generation Y, Millennial, Echo Boomers – born 1981 – 2000.

–Gen 2020 – born after 2000.

The Traditionalists want to go back to the way things used to be, although this Boomer has often thought life was better before society began to strip away tradition, something that connects generations, in my humble opinion.

The Baby Boomers are considered the optimists, excited about the times in which they live and have lived. This Boomer agrees that there has never been a time of such learning, living, and technical growth. We have come a long way since the Tower of Bable as we prepare for space travel to explore what has ever been beyond human reach, as far as we know.

Generation X wants to be independent. They work to live, bringing to mind something this Boomer heard long ago and many times, “I work to live, not live to work.”

Generation Y desires work and life to be meaningful. But isn’t there a part of every generation that thinks this?

Can we make order out of chaos? Maybe. How? By respecting each other and making the effort to understand each other, a multigenerational workforce can capitalize on the qualities of each generation. Communication is key.

But people, being human, often don’t understand each other, don’t talk to each other face-to-face to settle issues between them, often because they are afraid of the consequences of saying what they think – or they don’t think before they speak.

Given that we all are in this together, cycling around the universe on Spaceship Earth, everyone needs good communication skills. Everyone needs to own their actions and words, to forgive each other,forgive self and move forward because there is so much to explore, so much to learn, so much to share. We, every single one of us, are valuable resources for Earth and the future … and the present. Everyone should work to their full potential because it’s good for the self and for the Big Picture. We can help each other to do that.

Each generation has something valuable to offer. We are influenced by the times and in the environment in which we grow up, developing our personal character along the way. And each of us, as individuals, has a relationship with society. An article of interest can be found at the University of Southern California website: https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/managing-the-multigenerational-workforce.

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