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Using Workforce Inter-Personnel Diversity to Alleviate Generational Differences

  • Claretha Hughes
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Abstract

The history of the American workplace has been predicated on a variety of generations of employees working together to meet organization goals. The systems within the organizations usually were designed around seniority when there were unions in many workplaces. Unions are very infrequent in the American work system and seniority is not valued as it had been in the past. Intergenerational differences are great within organizations when the generations cooperate with each other and the system does not reward seniority over skill. This theme is not suggesting that seniority or generational differences are bad. It is just focusing on solving some of the problems by using workforce inter-personnel diversity to increase the skill levels of all employees and providing recognition of these differences. To achieve success through generational differences, comprehensive workforce changes are needed. As the baby boomers retire and many young people have left rural communities for urban areas, understanding generational differences in the workplace has become much more important. The use of workforce inter-personnel diversity can help organizational leaders shift their focus from employee ages and toward employee performance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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