Generational differences are becoming increasingly common in today’s workplace.
These differences create unique challenges when it comes to managing employees. It’s important that managers understand how these differences affect employee performance so they can make informed decisions about hiring practices and training programs.
Erin Courtenay, the VP of Earthling Interactive, will be hosting the U.S. manufacturers Twitter chat on Generational work styles, this coming Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11 A.M., Pacific Time.
You can follow Erin on Twitter as @WeAreEarthling.
Join us on Twitter for this timely topic and for a very engaging conversation. Just use the #USAMfgHour hashtag.
Topic: Generational work styles
Questions for the Twitter chat
Q1: What are the advantages to having different generations work together in the same workplace?
Having different generations working together in the same workplace has several benefits, such as:
- older workers can mentor younger ones,
- younger workers learn from older ones,
- older workers can teach younger ones about life experiences,
- younger workers can learn from older ones about business/tech experience, and
- older workers can help younger ones develop their career path.
Q2: Are technical/computer skills limited to just the “younger” generations? Why or why not?
Technical/computer skills are not limited to just the younger generation.
Q3: How important is it to be open to change? For example: using new technology, new styles of communication, or new standards?
Life is made up of a series of changes, so change is inevitable. It is important to be open to change. If you don’t embrace change, then you will never grow.
Q4: What qualities of the manufacturing sector do you think attract a younger workforce?
- the opportunity to create something – and the sense of accomplisment)
- the technology (hello, robots!)
- job security
- growth potential
- less or no college debt
Q5: How does stereotyping generations cause friction?
Stereotyping generations causes friction in the workplace because younger workers feel like they are being treated differently from older workers. Younger workers often feel like they are being discriminated against because they are perceived as lazy, entitled, and immature. Older workers often feel like they have been replaced by younger workers who are less experienced and less skilled. This can lead to resentment and frustration among both groups.
Q6: Would you encourage your children or younger family members to go into manufacturing? Why or why not?
No kids here but I would encourage the younger generation to pursue it, if they want to have a job now. There’s so much need for manufacturing workers. And if they choose to pursue a career in manufacturing, I would encourage them to learn about the industry and its history. They should also consider taking some classes to help them understand the basics of the manufacturing process. This way, they will be prepared when they enter the workforce.
Q7: What values do you think are universal across generations?
All generations share the same values, such as honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility. However, each generation has different priorities when it comes to these values.
If you are a U.S. manufacturer or if you champion U.S. manufacturing, chime in at our weekly Twitter chat by simply using the hashtag #USAMfgHour to get seen and be seen.
The chat officially starts at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.
You are welcome to share positive blog posts, helpful articles, news, important information, accomplishments, events, and more with other manufacturers and manufacturing champions throughout the country during the chat.
Also, would you like your company to get featured for one hour and get seen? Be a guest host.
Contact the U.S. manufacturers’ Twitter Chat Leaders:
- @DanBiggerUSAMfg (Dan Bigger) ~ Plastics Manufacturing Company,
- @DCSCinc (Kirsten Austin) ~ Supply Chain Management Software,
- @Radwell_Intl (Julie Basello) ~ Manufacturing and Factory Automation
- @SocialSMktg (Ruby Rusine) ~ Social Media Marketing Campaign & Services