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Presenter Information

Barbara Wyatt

Location

SURC Room 301

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Workplace, Generations, Perception

Abstract

Through my recent managerial internship and upper division business courses at Central Washington University, I am witnessing first-hand the effects of miscommunication among different generations. As three generations are now participating in the workforce–Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y (otherwise known as the Millennials)–competition has heightened, while the need for collaboration is becoming more essential for companies to succeed in an oversaturated marketplace. I seek to explore the fundamental differences in characteristics among the three generations and how these affect how each generation performs in the workplace. In this talk, I will describe generational theory and evaluate misconceptions about the various groups in order to suggest tactics to combat misapprehensions in corporations. Understanding the various perspectives is necessary to develop strategies and techniques to create a cohesive camaraderie among the three current generations, and prepare for the entrance of Generation Z into the workplace.

For her work on this project, Barbara Wyatt was presented with the Douglas Honors College Best Presentation Award for 2014.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Cubilie, Anne

Additional Mentoring Department

Douglas Honors College

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May 15th, 3:00 PM May 15th, 3:20 PM

An Analysis of Generational Cooperation in the Workplace

SURC Room 301

Through my recent managerial internship and upper division business courses at Central Washington University, I am witnessing first-hand the effects of miscommunication among different generations. As three generations are now participating in the workforce–Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y (otherwise known as the Millennials)–competition has heightened, while the need for collaboration is becoming more essential for companies to succeed in an oversaturated marketplace. I seek to explore the fundamental differences in characteristics among the three generations and how these affect how each generation performs in the workplace. In this talk, I will describe generational theory and evaluate misconceptions about the various groups in order to suggest tactics to combat misapprehensions in corporations. Understanding the various perspectives is necessary to develop strategies and techniques to create a cohesive camaraderie among the three current generations, and prepare for the entrance of Generation Z into the workplace.

For her work on this project, Barbara Wyatt was presented with the Douglas Honors College Best Presentation Award for 2014.