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Looking at how different generations act in the workplace

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — The way baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z interact in the workplace was the focus of Tuesday morning’s discussion at the Workforce Connections breakfast.

Generational keynote speaker Scott Zimmer went over the differences in each of these generation’s motivations, goals, and how they view the world. Generations are shaped by technology, societal practices, and language which causes people to act or react in certain ways.

Each generation’s way of communication and living is shaped differently, so when you have these different generations in the workplace, there is bound to be miscommunication and misunderstandings.

“At the end of the day, we all want the same thing,” said Zimmer. “We all want to feel valued and respected and heard when we go to work. It’s just our approaches are sometimes different, and that’s where the disconnect can happen, so I just try and find ways to present to the audience where we can bridge those gaps.”

Zimmer talked about the way baby boomers enjoy face to face communication where as Generation Z can sometimes struggle with it or feel uncomfortable. Gen X looks to find a work-life balance where millennials blend the two together.

“It’s not about better or worse, right or wrong, old or young,” said Zimmer. “It’s about embracing everybody’s different approach to work, and making sure everybody feels they have a seat at the table.”

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Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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