What do you understand by the term ‘generation gap’?
How different are your attitudes and opinions from those of other generations in your family? Think about the following:
Bringing up children
Importance of social status
Saving and spending money
Other cultures and nationalities
Look at the names of different generations, as used by demographers and the media. Which are you?
Could you outline a stereotypical profile for each generation based on the people you know? Give examples.
Veteran, Traditionalist, Silent Generation: Born before 1945
Baby Boomer, Boomer: Born between 1946 and 1964
Generation X: Born between 1964 and 1980
Millennial, Generation Y, Gen Why? Echo Boomer: Born since 1980
Generation Z: Born after 2000
What are some of the challenges which face those who work in a multi-generational workplace?
In what ways are people who were brought up in the age of social media different from older generations?
What are the factors that affect the beliefs and attitudes of a generation?
How do you think people who are born after 2020 will be different?
To illustrate the topic you can watch Patrice Thompson's Talk at TED London Closing the gap: A millennial proposal for a happy multigenerational workplace.