Last week, being an avid reader of the NY Times, Personal Tech column, I was intrigued by Farhad Manjoo’s column about millennials, and thought I might share this column and my thoughts with all of you.
So, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a baby boomer, and of course, that means that I am lumped together with all the other baby boomers, just as my daughter, and her friends are lumped together as millennials.Needless to say, I don’t like being lumped, and I don’t think my daughter or her friends like that either.
So why is it important to be designated as a millennial, or a baby boomer? Does it really help to better understand an individual if we include them in a particular demographic or age group? Yes, sometimes it does, but a good portion of the time, we all know that generalizations go just so far!
As a business consultant, I work with both millennials and baby boomers separately and together in teams. There are certainly similarities and also differences. Although they are classified as being in one group or another, they are still first and foremost, individuals who must coexist with one another to achieve common goals for their employers and their own companies.
I encourage you to read the full article, and let me know what you think. Exchanging our views of what it is like to work with Baby Boomers, Gen X’s, Gen Y’s, and Millennials can only enable us to work better and more productively with one another.