There are many reasons you might butt heads with your GenX successor. Maybe you don’t see eye to eye on how to handle the financials, or they have a new ‘vision’ for your business and you don’t like it, or they just hold their writing pen the wrong way. As Boomers retire, Generation X (and Millennials) are inheriting their businesses and they have a whole different outlook on life.
According to Retire Retirement by Tamara Erickson some common reasons Boomers and X’ers butt heads:
- Boomers value individual achievement and recognition while Generation X focuses more on team success.
- Boomers are competitive and operate on merit-based systems and use money and positions as markers of success. On the contrary, Generation X does not care as much for competition.
- Generally, Generation X demonstrates less commitment and less interest in working as hard as Boomers.
Although you may think Generation X’s way of doing things is crazy -- and to you it may be -- they are the future. Building into your workplace more of the things that get GenX’ers motivated could increase productivity and improve relationships.
How can you motivate your GenX’ers today?