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ERIC Number: EJ857661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
When Generations Collide
Fogg, Piper
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n6 p25-30 Feb 2009
As members of Generations X and Y face a workplace dominated by boomers, they are all starting to chafe. Some colleges are having trouble attracting, managing, and sometimes retaining people younger than 35. Members of the younger generations grew up watching their parents sacrifice for their careers, and they want something different: balance and freedom and autonomy. They won't hesitate to switch jobs or leave academe if it means more-palatable working conditions. Many baby boomers, meanwhile, don't understand why someone would leave the office at 5 p.m. when there is always more to do. How do colleges handle this generational dilemma? As in other sectors of the workplace, where similar issues are festering, good communication can help people better understand one another, say those in the trenches. Of course, generalizations need to be tempered by recognizing individual workers' actual habits and personalities, which may or may not be directly related to when they were born. Just knowing a few things about each generation can help cut down on needless workplace battles, says Patrick Cataldo, associate dean for executive education at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania