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MULTI-GEN WORKFORCE A LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES

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enerational diversity in the workplace is not something new, but with Baby Boomers leading strong and healthy careers beyond the traditional retirement age and Gen Z about to enter their college years, we are certainly seeing a growing age gap in our current labour pool. As a result, companies are now facing the unique challenge of integrating one of the most generationally diverse workforces in recent history. Creating cohesive and effective teams from these groups is increasingly recognized as a crucial requirement for long term business success. There has been a lot of discussion over the past few years about the differences between these generational groups and how these differences impact attitudes and styles in the workplace. The four working generations are generally described as: Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (19651980), Millennials/Gen Y (1981-2000), and Gen Z (2000-present). Some would argue attempting to improve team performance by focusing solely on generational differences might be counterproductive. Kristin Munro, of Kristin Munro Consulting, helps businesses build and grow their strategies and

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OilfieldPULSE | FEBRUARY 2015

Oilfield PULSE February 2015