The Value of the Traditional Generation
DON’T PUT THE TRADITIONAL GENERATION OUT TO PASTURE – INSTEAD MAKE THEM MENTORS OF GENERATION Y, THE MILLENNIALS!
So what is the purpose in understanding the generations when it comes to business? Let me show you. You see, the way the Traditional Generation grew up they are:
Prefer to work in a stable environment
Would rather save than spend
Now, who wouldn’t want that on their staff? In fact, their values guide them to sacrifice for the greater good, so if they perceive this to be your company, they’ll be loyal, faithful, dedicated, and respectful to the end. Above all else, they want to feel they have something to offer, therefore don’t put them out to pasture, especially now. Soon, very soon they’ll be gone, but while we have the chance, we have a whole new generation that has emerged on the workforce scene, the Millennial or Generation Y. This generation mirrors more of the values of the Traditional Generation and they welcome an opportunity to be mentored by them. Could you see the usefulness in this? And remember, they’ve been through The Great Depression, bread lines, and WWII, so they have enduring patience, and understand the meaning of sacrifice, so they won’t be petty, and instead of running off with your office supplies, they’ll find ways to cut corners. If you have someone of the Traditional Generation on your staff, you have a gold mine of not only stability, but you have one of the “keepers” of experience and character.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my career, as a Business Coach, is to be a kind of business match maker. There is not much better, in my line of work, than to being able to find a talented, quality person and be able into a company who has a gap they fit perfectly. While I can, and while we still have these pillars in our community, I’m on a mission to find great positions for this generation!