Why Leveraging GenX in Team Communication is Essential Today
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Can't get your multi-generation to relate and communicate effectively? You can leverage GenX to be your bridge between the generations that will lead you to faster results.
GenX has been widely underestimated and underutilized for decades. GenX-ers were born between 1963 to 1979, approx. This means that at the date of this blog post they are in their mid to late 40s and 50s and it may be GenX's time to shine!
If taken seriously GenX will be your company's saviors in team communication. GenX has the experience of senior management, team development abilities, communication skills, unique critical thinking skills, and may be your cornerstone for team communication and workforce engagement. But, time is running out to leverage this valued generation because the world is having a mass "Xodus" where GenX-ers are leaving their 9-5s and becoming executives of Startups and even starting their own companies.
GenX has the experience and respect of Baby Boomer executives.
Due to the age group of GenX being in their 40s and 50s they have decades of hard work, experiences, and lessons learned. Not only does this build respect from the elder generation, Baby Boomers (b.1944 to 1963, approx), who are not retiring from their careers as quickly as estimated but GenX has also gained experience communicating with Baby Boomers. One of the largest complaints that has circulated the media is Baby Boomers and Millennials (b.1979 to 1995, approx) are unable to communicate effectively with each other which leaves huge gaps between senior management and entry to mid-level positions.
GenX can be your bridge between Baby Boomers and Millennials
GenX has the ability to communicate with Baby Boomers effectively but also have the experience and adaptability skills to communicate and lead Millennials. However, leveraging GenX's skills as the bridge between Baby Boomers and Millennials is widely over looked. Instead of overlooking GenX's abilities, and risk having high GenX turnover in the coming years, look at creating or merging positions needed in the company workplace and team dynamics where GenX can exercise their abilities and enforce their ideas.
GenX is adaptable and willing
Throughout the GenX generation there is a feeling of unrest, lack of appreciation or reward in their phase of life and career track. With GenX every year getting closer to their 60s they had expected at this time in their lives to have reached senior management and executive leadership within their companies, however, as stated that Baby Boomers are not retiring when expected GenX is left between a rock and a hard place - the Baby Boomers being the hard place and Millennials being the rock.
GenX has developed abilities that stand out from the other generations:
Tenacity by entering the workforce during a difficult period in history where they had to "do what it takes" to pay the bills.
Adaptability as they entered the workforce at a young age during the incorporation of computers and networks; additionally they also had to continuously adapt to coming technologies that were essential to their jobs. Where no other generation before had experience in entry and mid-level GenX did a fantastic job at always remaining nimble and adaptable to coming tech and economic disruption.
GenX has developed these abilities and are able to not only survive, but thrive in times of conflict, uncertainty, and disruption. They will survive whether they stay in an organization or outside of one. The question you should be asking is how badly do you want to bring your teams together, be productive, engaged, and have excellent communication?
Hopefully the answer is yes or your run the risk of entering a time of conflict, uncertainty, and disruption. And the worst part is you will not have a GenX leadership to help.
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