It’s all perspective – Leaders understanding generations
A couple months ago, I was checking and sending a few emails on a Sunday evening. I was catching up and the notes were not anything particularly important that needed answered before Monday morning.
Before I was finished sending the email notes, one of them was answered by a Gen Y teammate. Half in jest and half serious, I emailed back that she should not be “working” on Sunday evening. I thought the topic was closed, but the next morning I had another one of those boomer learning moments. Luckily, the teammate from the prior evening knew she could come and talk about leadership topics even if I had something to learn. She explained that my “not working Sunday night” comment showed that I did not fully understand that the Gen Y culture. That the Gen Y’s were always connected and answering a quick email was not always considered “work.” From her perspective, “boomers work too much, Gen X wants a work / life balance and Gen Y blends work and play.” Although these are stereotypes, it was an interesting new way to view at such a simple topic.
What do you think of this generalization? What are some of your experiences with various generations and their work preferences?