The jury is still out with me regarding generational differences. Some people say the generations are significantly different; some people don’t. I understand there has been a lot of research done to categorize groups of people based upon when they were born. The idea is, this research may offer insights to help marketers, managers, government leaders, etc. understand societal needs of the future.
But I can’t help but think one of the key reasons that generations are different is because of the kind of world they live in and what things they have exposure to. For example, I’m old enough to remember what my job was like without email. And, I admit…I remember those brick cell phones.
People entering the workforce today don’t recall any of those things. They have a different frame of reference and that changes their perspective. In a good way, I might add.
If you want to gain some insight about the generation currently entering the workforce, check out the Beloit College website Mindset Moment. The site lists the “mindset” for the students currently entering college. It’s really interesting – here are a couple of tidbits about the Class of 2014:
Most don’t know how to write cursive.
The cliché “Go West” – doesn’t refer to California. It means China.
Lapel ribbons have always been worn to support a cause.
Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
See what I mean? If I grew up during a time when toothpaste tubes have always stood on their caps, I’d probably have a different view of life, family, work and government.
Individuals are just that…individuals. With their own thoughts, ideas, opinions and dreams. But don’t forget, we all have a mindset that we’re working from.
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