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What generation gap?

GenerationsWe've heard this time and time again -- so often that it's generally accepted as fact: There are huge differences in the work habits and priorities of the four generations that share today's workplace -- so huge, in fact, that the generation gap is among the biggest headaches that afflict many business executives today.

But are those concerns justified?

A recent study from Robert Half International and Yahoo! HotJobs  reveals that millennials -- generally defined as those born after 1980 -- "share many of the same concerns as more tenured workers when it comes to saving for retirement, finding a solid health care plan and achieving work-life balance."

That doesn't mean differences don't exist, of course. They do. But Robert Half's Reesa Staten says those differences may not be the huge barriers that many people assume they are. "“The research depicts a pragmatic, future-oriented generation that holds many of the same values as its predecessors," said Staten.

Still, employers everywhere would be wise to gain a better understanding of the differences that separate their workplace generations. Here are some tips and resources that can help you do just that.

How big of an issue is the generation gap in your office?


Bill Sheridan