Generational Mythology / Boomers & Millennials

“I'm not trying to 'cause a b-big s-s-sensation just talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation”

It had been on my mind for some time to do our radio show on the topic of on some of the stereotypes that may exist between the Baby Boomers (My Generation) and Generation Y - Millennials. Our Office Manager and a Millennial at Voltage Leadership, Diane Nguyen, was our gracious guest on the radio program to drill down on some of the “mythology” between these two groups.

Although there is some slight variance of thought on this, we will define Boomers as those born between 1946 – 1964 and Millennials being defined here as born between 1981 – 2000.

What do both groups have in common?

1.      Both want to be heard and respected

2.      Both want to make a difference in the world around them

3.      Both see themselves as “rebels” and dislike stereotypes about them

What are some tips for Boomer employees of Millennial managers?

1.      Don’t expect face to face meetings to last as long as you think “customary”

2.      Don’t assume ALL emails or text messages are urgent

3.      Don’t think you need to be “seen in the office” all the time

4.      Don’t expect Millennial managers to accept, “This is the way we’ve always done it

5.      Don’t expect the Millennial boss to treat you any differently than “younger” employees

How can we work together towards maximizing mutual respect and understanding?

1.      Make the effort to learn each other’s language, (and they are at times very different)

2.      Form your own conclusion based on experience vs assumptions or “noise”

3.      Respect each other’s competencies vs titles or positions

So, for all of you Boomers out there with FOMO, understand YOLO, emoji.
For a deeper dive into this topic, click this link to listen to our VoltCast Radio Show “Millennial Mythology