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In 2020 the majority of baby boomers (age group born between 1956 and 1965) retires. Together with the retirees, 50 years of working experience will disappear. Furthermore, work related values like jo ...

In 2020 the majority of baby boomers (age group born between 1956 and 1965) retires. Together with the retirees, 50 years of working experience will disappear. Furthermore, work related values like job guarantee, high income and power will disappear as well. Whereas the age group born between 1965 and 1981, known as Generation X, started to question these classic values and to bring up the term “Work-Life-Balance”,

Forget about thinking in terms of generations within the workforce (or indeed any other form of classification) and treat people as individuals

Classifying the workforce into four generations is not a useful way of thinking. Companies need to deal with people as individuals, encouraging mixed teams of older and younger workers to work on projects together and transfer know-how across generations. Indeed, workforce ‘homophily’ of any kind is undesirable: rather than talking about diversity and inclusiveness in brochures and seminars, companies should just make it happen. Leadership and corporate culture are central to this change of mindset.

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