Randstad Canada discusses how different generations at work can overcome
generational differences and take advantage of them to create a
positive and collaborative workplace.
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As a younger generation of workers
begin their climb up the career ladder, workplace environments will
face significant adjustments as employers try to find a common ground
between values and work styles that are completely different from the
Randstad Canada President Jan Hein Bax says finding ways to bridge the
gaps within this new multigenerational workforce takes great skill -
and it all starts with gaining an understanding of how each generation
thinks, and what's important to them.
According to recent Statistics Canada's findings, in May 2011 there were
a reported 18,537,300* people in the Canadian Labour Force (ages 15 and
older). Closer inspection by generation indicates there are a reported
436,000* Mature/WWII Generation workers (people born prior to 1943),
6,924,500* Baby Boomers (those born between 1943 to 1960), 6,005,500* Generation X
workers (1961-1981) and 5,171,300* Generation Y/Millennials (born after
1982) that make up the country's workforce.
Bax says it's important for companies to recognize that different generations at work have their own set of expectations, needs, values and working styles.
"With an age gap of nearly 50 years between the oldest and youngest
employees in some organizations, it is inevitable that you will find a
broad range of perspectives, needs and attitudes in the workplace. The
new generations of workers often have a very different approach and
view to work than their older colleagues," he says.
According to the results of a recent ICMA International survey sponsored
by Randstad Canada, there are interesting variations amongst younger
and older workers and job seekers. "The results show that older
generations look for companies that are financially stable, while young
people who are entering the job market for the first time say they are
more attracted to innovative companies with a strong image and
reputation," says Bax.
Additionally, the survey concluded that the importance of career
progression opportunities and global mobility appears to decrease with
age; while on the other hand, the importance of comfort and strong
values increased with age.
Bax emphasizes that with all of these generations in the workforce at
the same time, all there for different reasons, it can be seen as a
challenge but should actually be seen an opportunity. "When we surround
ourselves with multiple generations there is a wonderful opportunity
for input and collaboration, and to benefit from both the invaluable
experience of older workers and the creative thinking of the younger
workforce," he says.
According to Bax, it takes effort to make sure your company is a great
place to work for every generation. "It's up to employers to train
managers, human resources reps and employees to help multiple
generations work together. Initiate and encourage opportunities for
discussion, such as workshops or training sessions, facilitated by one
or each of the generational groups. You'll hit stereotypes head on, and
get a fresh, different perspective every time," he says. "If you are
genuine in your desire to work with all generations you will be well on
your way to creating a positive and productive work environment."
*Source: Statistics Canada, "Labour Force Characteristics by Selected
Age Groups in Canada: 2010 Annual Average and 2011 Average from January
to May." Labour Force Survey, CANSIM, (June 2011).
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Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
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talent to fill positions in nearly every area of the business. Visit http://www.randstad.ca/about/internal_careers.aspx for internal job openings and to learn more about why Randstad is one
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