Multiple Generations in the Workplace

Arlene Pace Green, Laura Mastrangelo Eigel, Jacquelyn Boone James, Danielle Hartmann and Kate Malter McLean

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Multiple Generations in the Workplace

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This chapter summarizes research and popular press discussions of generations in the workplace. Today’s workforce is more demographically diverse, with four generations currently in the workplace: traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The chapter defi nes each generation and explores similarities and differences among the four generations. The chapter also defi nes the generation concept and outlines the diffi culties of disentangling generational effects from alternative explanations, including life stages, career stages, and period effects. Finally, organizational applications of having multiple generations in the workplace are explored. Recommendations are presented that if employed should assist in the continued development of generational theory, research, and practice.

Keywords: generations; generational similarities and differences; traditionalists; Baby Boomers; Generation X; Millennials

Article.  11905 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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