Understanding Generational Differences
Generation is defined as a group of people whose characteristics were shaped and defined by the societal events that occurred during their formative years.
Generations and Characteristics
|Traditionalists||Baby Boomers||Generation X||Millennials
(Gen Y, GeNext)
|Birth Year||Pre 1946||1946-1964||1965-1981||1982-2000|
|Loss of World Safety;|
Expansion of Technology
|View of Institutions||Loyalty to Institutions||Want to put their Stamp on Institutions||Skeptical of Institutions||Judge Institutions on their own Merit|
|Gender Role||Classic Gender Role||Mixed Gender Role||Unclear||None|
|Negative Stereotype||Can’t Learn Technology;|
Work Hard but not Smart
|Have not Paid their Dues;|
|Unaware of Lack of Skills;
Require Excessive Affirmation
|Rewards||A Job Well Done||Money, Title, Recognition||Freedom and Time||Work|
Adapted in May 2010 from Lancaster, Lynne and Stillman, David. (2005) When Generations Collide: Who They Are, Why They Clash, How to Solve the Generation Puzzle at Work. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
Understanding the Millennials:
- Idealistic and team-oriented.
- Value work that has meaning above all other rewards.
- Value a work-life balance – know they cannot “have it all”.
- Demand the absolute newest technology.
- Lack self-exploratory skills and they move quickly into action.
How to Best Mentor and Advise Millennials? 2
- Provide lots of challenges.
- Be ready for student’s demands.
- Incorporate technology in mentoring relationship (email, blog, Twitter, etc.).
- Provide reflective and frequent feedback to student.
- Employ action-oriented events over observational teaching.
- Collaborate over projects, posters and papers.
- Mentor in groups.
- Supplement group interaction with:
- Individual meetings at set times.
- Breaking down goals into steps.
- Providing additional resources.
Adapted in May 2010 from Taylor’s Here Come the Millennial Generation and Their Helicopter Parents-Are you Ready? Presented at NAAHP National Meeting.