Podcast: Debunking Generational Myths at Work

'Generational differences' can be a hot-button issue in any organization. Discussion is focused on generalizations and stereotypes of perceived differences: the traditionalists are conservative; the Boomers are loyal; Generation X wants work-life balance; the Millennials want unique work experiences; and the Gen Z values independence. As a result, in the workplace, generations and generational differences have been blamed for many things, from declining levels of work ethics or higher rates of job-hopping.

In This Episode:

In this podcast episode, we unpack the myths about generations in organizations, discuss the characteristics of generational diversity, and explore what it means to design age-inclusive workplaces. Our host, Ivey Professor Mazi Raz, was joined by guests Santos Lee, MBA '05, Head of Organizational Design & Effectiveness at BMO; Nikolina Gelmanovska, MBA '20, VP Strategy at Montana Steele Group, and Research and Intelligence Advisor for the Government of Canada; and Dalal Atta, HBA '16, MBA '21, Manager at Deloitte Consulting. 

Our guests take a deep dive into age inclusivity and perceived generational differences in the workplace: a hot-button issue in any organization. Often, people focus on generalizations and stereotypes of perceived differences: the traditionalists are conservative; the Boomers are loyal; Generation X wants work-life balance; the Millennials want unique work experiences; and the Gen Z values independence. As a result, in the workplace, generations and generational differences have been blamed for many things, from declining levels of work ethics or higher rates of job-hopping.

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Additional Reading:

  1. Harvard Business Review – Generational Differences at work are small. Thinking they're big affects our behavior
  2. Deloitte - Treating Employees as Customers
  3. MIT - Systems Leadership at the Presencing Institute
  4. MIT Presencing Institute - Addressing the Blind Spot of Our Time (Executive Summary)
  5. Myers Briggs Type Indicator – Psychometric Assessment I 
  6. Highlands Ability Battery – Psychometric Assessment II 

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