Interview: Declaring a Ceasefire on Generational Warfare

Originally published in HR Daily Advisor

By Tammy Binford Feb 15, 2018

One of the many topics currently crowding the radar screen of human resources thinkers concerns the multiple generations in today’s workforce. Millennials, Gen Xers, baby boomers, and even some well beyond age 70 are finding themselves working side by side. Figuring out how to engage individuals who have come of age in different eras and with different priorities can be vexing for employers.

But organizations don’t have to give in to what has come to be known as generational warfare in the workplace, according to Yvette Montero Salvatico, managing director at Kedge, LLC, a firm focusing on helping organizations move into the future. People of all ages are more likely to overcome differing styles and priorities when they are united by the passions they share rather than divided into age groups.

Salvatico says a mountain of books—well over 30,000—exists on the differences between the generations. They point out how people born in a certain era have different preferences related to feedback, recognition, benefits, and more. But if the problems attributed to age were that simple, organizations would have figured them out “29,000 books ago,” she says.

Read the remainder of the interview.