Generational Differences

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Generational differences Generational differences is a broad concept that means the lack of cultural adaptation between two successive generations or to the rupture and continuity of the culture of a society from generation to generation. The generation gap is known as the natural differences in beliefs, values and norms among generations. It should be noted that the difference between generations is what a group of people born between particular years and this phenomenon is quite different with age diversity. There is a potential to lead to conflict in the workplace due to generation differences. There is a possibility of this stereotype at work that Baby boomers consider Generation X as lazy generation and Generation X consider Baby boomers…show more content…
It extends to the point that at the same time we can see employees in the workplace with young who are their children and older people who are their parents (Zemke, Raines & Filipczak, 2013). Therefore, we can conclude that there are generational differences among employees (Smola & Sutton, 2002). These differences demonstrated in many factors such as the work ethics, work methods, causes at work, obligation to work, and the definition of quality of work and career…show more content…
Older generations believe that a job is for lifetime, while the newer think of jobs as an opportunity to develop more skills, therefore they may change jobs frequently. In addition, flexible work is more important for younger generations, but research has shown that the desire for flexibility in employees close to retirement age may rise again. According to the young people of Generation Y and to some extent Generation X, there are less empirical studies about the characteristics of their behavior in the workplace and understand the differences in the behavior with the old generation. This problem indicates the value of this research. Furthermore, when we consider the rapid growth of employees belonging to these two generations, we find that composition of the labor force in the near future will be completely changed, and this issue will led to a great impact on the strategy of human resources planning and development in the future organizations. Each of the previous studies have examined a part of effects of generational groups in organizational variables. Table 2 shows the most important organizational factors associated with the variability of generation groups that approved in those
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