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The Generational Divide: Myth, Reality or Should We Just Get Back to Work?

Overview

The federal workforce now has five generations working together – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z/Centennials – all with different values, perspectives and expectations. How do you bridge this generational divide to make a strong and cohesive team?

In this video, Dr. Melanie Cohen, IT Strategist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, interviews Denise McKenney and Eileen Hoffman of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service about the growing multi-generational workforce and its inherent conflicts and strengths.

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Reflection

  • How does your work group or unit work with each generation to best use the strengths of each age group? How might your work group do better?
  • In what way are your expectations and perspectives shaped by your generational group?

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