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ERIC Number: EJ874610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Generations at School: Building an Age-Friendly Workplace
Lovely, Suzette
School Administrator, v67 n1 p10-16 Jan 2010
In schools around the country, Gen Xers, Millennials, Baby Boomers, and even a Veteran or two are working side by side. While anyone holding a job in this shaky economy is grateful, gratitude does not make generational clashes less difficult. Adding to the mix, many Baby Boomers initially poised for a mass exodus by 2010 are holding on for dear life. With a "spend now, pay later" attitude, many Boomers had not saved enough for retirement even before the financial meltdown. Some wonder why they should be concerned with the obvious reality that schools are filled with people from mixed generations. The fact of the matter is that professional learning communities are now the engine of high-quality work, and school leaders face a daunting task: How to bring about cohesion among groups of staff members who do not see eye to eye owing to their generational differences? The author, a central-office administrator in California, shows how this plays out in everyday school situations. In order to build an age-friendly workplace, the author suggests that superintendents must learn to push for change while also protecting the comfort zone that gives each generation a sense of pride and stability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California