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Book chapter
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Reference no. BEP7756
Chapter from: "The Generation Myth: How to Improve Intergenerational Relationships in the Workplace"
Published by: Business Expert Press
Originally published in: 2019

Abstract

This chapter is excerpted from 'The Generation Myth: How to Improve Intergenerational Relationships in the Workplace'. Generational differences have become a popular topic in society and in the workplace. Yet, many of the often assumed characteristics of particular generational groupings are actually 'myths', meaning that generational stereotypes are not accurate across all members of a generation all of the time. This book explores the Generation Myth by highlighting the complexity of the 'generation' concept beyond simple age-based groupings. Furthermore, a variety of different ways of defining generation (which could be nuanced for each individual) is presented. A major point of this book, however, is to suggest that the overreliance of age-based stereotypes in workplaces and society can lead to less than optimal interactions and even conflict. This book explores how such intergenerational challenges occur in workplaces and suggests several effective strategies for improving intergenerational relationships. The book concludes with suggestions for considering other types of non-generational diversity as well as examining whether or not the strategies useful in a work context can be leveraged in broader society as well.

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Abstract

This chapter is excerpted from 'The Generation Myth: How to Improve Intergenerational Relationships in the Workplace'. Generational differences have become a popular topic in society and in the workplace. Yet, many of the often assumed characteristics of particular generational groupings are actually 'myths', meaning that generational stereotypes are not accurate across all members of a generation all of the time. This book explores the Generation Myth by highlighting the complexity of the 'generation' concept beyond simple age-based groupings. Furthermore, a variety of different ways of defining generation (which could be nuanced for each individual) is presented. A major point of this book, however, is to suggest that the overreliance of age-based stereotypes in workplaces and society can lead to less than optimal interactions and even conflict. This book explores how such intergenerational challenges occur in workplaces and suggests several effective strategies for improving intergenerational relationships. The book concludes with suggestions for considering other types of non-generational diversity as well as examining whether or not the strategies useful in a work context can be leveraged in broader society as well.

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