How to Manage Gen X & Y
I’d like to send early congratulations to the 40-under-40 group of industry leaders who will be recognized in the June issue of Dealerscope (and at Dealerscope.com, so stay tuned). They have worked hard and are certainly making their mark in the industry. As good as they may be, though, they provide unique challenges to their supervisors. The younger generation is bright, tech savvy and enthusiastic, but they don’t always respond positively to traditional management styles.
For the first time in history we now have four generations in the workplace. Generation Y, or The Millennials, were born between the late 1970s and early 1990s.Generation X represents the children of the Baby Boomers. As the economy has contracted many Baby Boomers and some senior veterans have stayed on their jobs as well. Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and hot buttons.
Remember when older workers were the bosses and younger workers did what was asked of them, no questions asked? There were definite rules as to how the boss was treated and how younger workers treated older workers. Today, roles are changing and new rules are being written every day.