The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers

The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers

Business Insider, Sept 2013


How different are Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers really? If being an effective manager is understanding who you’re managing, much of that knowledge comes down to understanding the generation that identifies your workers. A new study published by EY, formerly Ernst & Young, includes insights from more than 1,200 professionals across generations and industries about the strengths and weaknesses of workers from different generations, based on the perceptions of their peers.

It finds that Millennials are tech-savvy, but aren’t great team players. Gen X-ers are entrepreneurial-thinking, but rank low on executive presence. And last, but not least, Boomers are team players and loyal, but don’t adapt so well.

“As management shifts to younger generations, the research reveals areas companies can focus on to enhance skill sets, address the challenges of managing multiple generations, and retain and engage employees by understanding which workplace perks they may value most,” Karyn Twaronite, a partner of Ernst & Young, says in the study.

Below are the study’s findings on the strengths and weaknesses of Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers…

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