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Baby Boomers in the Workplace

What are Baby Boomers?

Baby Boomers are among the most influential generations of our modern world. Born between 1946 and 1964, this generation has shaped the economy and society in various ways. Many experts expect the most significant impact of baby boomers' retirement will not hit until 2030. This widespread retirement will affect the American economy significantly with a reduction in after-tax wages and family income for workers.

Babyboomers in the Workplace

Baby boomers are estimated to comprise 19% to 25% of the US workforce. Baby boomers in the workforce are known for their hard-working nature, competitiveness, loyalty, and goal-focused attitude. They are motivated by position, perks, and prestige. Baby boomers have a strong work ethic and value workplace visibility and self-sufficiency. Baby boomers tend to avoid retirement and are job-defined.

While experts agree that some general trends apply to the Baby Boomers, relying too heavily on age-based generalizations can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications between coworkers and managers. Promoting understanding and connection between different generations is essential.

Baby Boomers and Younger Coworkers

Today's workplace is more diverse than ever, and different generations - including Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Zoomers - have different expectations and communication styles. Recognizing the approaches found in each group can help manage generational differences at work. It is vital to encourage respect, avoid stereotypes, and identify one another's strengths to get the best from different generations in a team. Managing generational diversity in the workplace requires a similar approach to varying types of diversity.

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