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New Roles for Managers: Getting in the Game with the New Workforce

By now, anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock knows that there are four generations of employees in the workforce (Millennials 1977-1998; Gen Xers 1965-1976; Baby Boomers 1946-1964 and Silent Generation 1933-1945). A rapidly growing number of organizations provide overviews, lunch ‘n’ learns, presentations, written material and/or online resources to raise management’s awareness of the four generations.

These educational efforts do a decent job of raising awareness, but that’s often as far as it goes. It’s not far enough. Why? Because every manager needs substantive skills in multi-generational leadership, not just awareness of the generations, to recruit, hire, onboard, coach, engage, retain, and foster knowledge sharing across all four generational segments of the workforce.

Multi-generational leadership is not just a fad, it is the new essential. Providing managers with focused skill-building and tools to successfully lead across the generations is the new core, critical element for forward-thinking organizations.