4 generations, 4 approaches to work

Challenges, benefits to maintaining multigenerational workforce
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2017
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As employees continue to forego retirement to work longer, employers are dealing with a variety of challenges and benefits resulting from multiple generations and perspectives in the workplace.

While labelling workers on age alone isn’t recommended, it does serve as a useful macro lens when analyzing employer-employee relationships, according to Giselle Kovary, president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance, a workforce consultant group in Toronto.

Understanding general tendencies of specific generations allows employers to minimize conflict and drive productivity, she said at a recent Strategic Capability Network event in Toronto.