Managing the Generations
Prior Learning Essay
Dr. David Williams
February 28, 2012
Managing the Generations
Managing employees can come easy to some managers, but one part of managing workers is a little more difficult than a manager figure, and that is managing the different generations. In August of 2011 I was able to attend training for supervisors and managers that showed them the difference in the generations in the workforce. This was the first part of a three part training that we will be required to attend. For the first time in the history of the U.S. there are four different generations in the workforce. (Zemke, Raines & Filipazak, 2000)
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Democratic is the third management style that we covered during his training. A Democratic manager tries to get input and help from all other employees on decision making. This manager also keeps employees informed of things that are going on within the company that could affect the employee’s jobs. The employees of this type of managers enjoy working with these managers due to the trust that the managers give to the employees. This makes happy employees so with happy employees you get good quality work done. Managers that use the democratic approach to managing their company also are not afraid to reward their employees and recognize them for their accomplishments. (Foong)
The final style is the Laissez-Faire Management Style. These types of managers run a company with hands off approach. With running a company with this approach the employees have more freedom while working as long as the job is done correctly and timely. A manager could only be able to use this approach when the employees are highly skilled and experience at their jobs. The employees also have to be trust worthy enough that the managers know that the employees will complete their task and job at hand. (Foong)
As a supervisor I feel that a good manager should be able to adapt to the different management styles so they can be a successful manager. A manager will not be able to adapt to all employees with the different styles but if the manager learns how to adapt for the most part they will be successful.
As I said earlier there are now four generations in the workforce. The first generation in the workforce that I am going to discuss is the Veteran Generation. This generation goes from 1901-1945. This generation went through some very difficult times. The Veteran Generation fought in World War II, and lived through the Great Depression. The Veteran Generation is hard workers; they are loyal to their companies, and are thorough when completing their job or duty. When a manager is working with an employee from the Veteran Generation they have to use the management styles like bureaucratic, directing and controlling. This generation work better for a male manager than they do for a female manager. (Zemke, Raines & Filipazak, 2000)
The next generation is the Baby Boomer Generation. The Baby Boomer Generation was born from 1946-1964. This generation witnessed the Vietnam War, the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassination, President Nixon resigning, and the Women’s Rights Movement. The Baby Boomer Generation is driven workers, they want to please their bosses, are good team players, and are service oriented. When managing this generation you have to be able to work with a team and be an expressive manager. The Baby Boomer Generation are also known as workaholics and are the ones that invented the word. (Zemke, Raines & Filipazak, 2000)
The Veteran Generation and The Baby Boomer Generations are both protected under the Protected Classes under employment...