Caution: Mixed generations at work

Understanding how attitudes are shaped by a generation’s experiences helps managers lead age-diverse workforces
By Marie Legault
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/10/2003

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he demographics of an organization have a significant impact on how employees respond to issues in the workplace. Generational conflicts based on differences in values, views, learning, and in thinking, working, and communication styles are outcomes of a mixed-age workforce.

But generational diversity also brings creative synergy to problem-solving. It can generate new opportunities. Employees of different cohorts have the potential to bring valuable approaches to the table.