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Recruiting for a Multi-Generational Workforce

The multigenerational workforce refers to the fact that in many corporations there may be three distinct generational groups. These include millennials, born roughly from the early 1980s to mid-1990s; Generation X, born between the mid-1960s to late 1970s or early 1980s; and baby boomers, those born following World War II, generally 1946-1964. In theory, an organization could have employees ranging in age from 18 to their 70s.

With so many different ideals and life experiences, this can create challenges for everyone in the workplace. However, while each group brings different expectations, behaviors, and work and communications styles, they also each bring unique strengths to the workplace.

Whether recruiting a full team or adding team members to an existing one, employers can benefit from including members from each generational group. Consider these tips when building a multigenerational team.

Encourage team building.

Without structure, it can be difficult to get workers to engage with other generations, who they may feel they have little in common. Introduce and integrate team-building exercises that are enjoyable and foster collaboration. When planning these, be sure to set clear objectives to avoid them turning into a social gathering – which often ends up with groups sticking to their own.

Recognize what motivates them best.

Each generation values different benefits. For example, baby boomers are motivated by perks and promotions, while Gen Xers value corporate training and investments in their careers by their employers. Likewise, millennials are most inspired by receiving credit and feeling as though their work is making a difference – either to the company’s bottom line or society as a whole. Recognizing these will go a long way to understanding how to keep employees happy and engaged.

Don’t make technology one-size-fits-all.

Each generation came up with varying levels of technology use, have different comfort levels, and are more comfortable with different types. Millennials are often thought of as being “always on” or constantly connected, while Gen X tends to be tech savvy, and baby boomers value more traditional communication. Offer up training when necessary and ensure your workforce has the tools it needs to be most successful.

Offer learning opportunities.

Beyond just offering opportunities for development and advancement, provide different types of learning opportunities – from e-learning that they can schedule on their own time to pre-arranged in-office training. This can help boost employees’ confidence in not only their skills, but also the company’s investment in their careers.


To learn more about recruiting and retaining the best employee talent across all generations, call 630-858-8500 or email for more information.