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What a Difference a Generation Makes To inform the audience about the differences between three generations. Several key features influenced the three most recent generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials.
Introduction: We’re living in an age when multiple generations are working side by side in the workplace. According to Zemke, Raines, and Fillipczak, authors of the 2000 book Generations at Work, generational differences can create problems in the workplace. Everyone in this room may not be from the same generation. I’m a member of the Millennial generation, and I have read extensively about generational differences. Because all of you are part of one of the generations that I’ll discuss today, I think you will find the information interesting, too. A generation is defined by historians Neil Howe & William Strauss in their book Millennials Rising written in 2000 as a “Society-wide peer group,” born over approximately the same time period, “who collectively possess a common persona” (p. 40). Each generation is characterized by defining historical events, such as 9/11, that happen in their formative years. These events shape the attitudes, beliefs, and values of a generation. The Vietnam War, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, and the Columbine shootings are defining moments for each of the three generations I will discuss. Drawing from Ron Zemke’s insightful book, Generations at Work, today I’m going to explain several key features that characterize the three most recent generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. (T: First Generation = Baby Boomer) Body: I. Baby Boomers (1943 - 1960) A. General characteristics 1. Work 60 hrs/week. 2. “Me Generation” = focused on making themselves better. a. the gym. b. plastic surgery. c. self help. 3. Interest in equal playing field civil rights. B. Core Values 1. Workplace team work, hard work, and optimism. 2. Personal gratification...
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