Recruiting the Generations

1. Understand the generations

It is essential first to understand the different generations, and then we can discuss how to recruit a multi-generational workforce best. Each generation has unique characteristics shaped by the world around them during their formative years. Yes, we are using stereotypes to put people into broad categories. You will sometimes meet people who don’t fit the mold, but these characteristics are primarily valid for the age bands listed below.

Understand each generation’s workplace preferences

When recruiting, it is essential to consider what type of workplace each generation prefers. For example, the Baby Boomers and Generation X tend to like a more formal office environment, where there are clear hierarchies and boundaries and an emphasis on getting the job done. Millennials and Gen Z, by contrast, prefer a relaxed work environment that supports collaboration and creativity. When recruiting, offering options is key to attracting the most significant number of workers.

2. Communicate with employees from different generations

Effective communication is the best way to ensure that all employees from different generations are on the same page. So understanding how different generations prefer to receive communication becomes a critical skill. For example, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers generally prefer face-to-face or written communication. In contrast, Millenials and Gen Zers prefer digital communication methods such as texting, email, and social media. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of these differences and adjust communication methods accordingly.

3. Utilize generational differences to your advantage

When hiring managers can understand how different generations approach work and interact with their coworkers, they will maximize the benefits of having generational differences in the workplace. For example, baby boomers prefer clear boundaries within the workplace, which millennials view as limiting collaboration. By working together to make sure all employees are utilizing the talent of each generation, managers can create a diverse workplace that welcomes the input of all generations.



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Shawna Lake

Shawna Lake

Founder of Deep End Talent Strategies-keeping job seekers and employers connected to what the other side needs and wants in today’s job market.