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Do we really need ‘generational awareness training’?

by on August 14, 2013

We noticed this ‘generational awareness’ training initiative was widely reported in the US press across a number of outlets – here, the story runs on ABC news:

“Employees are taught about the characteristics that define each generation, from their core values to their childhood and adolescent experiences to the type of figures they regard as heroes. Then workshop leaders typically drill down into how those attributes play into the strengths and weaknesses each age group offers on the job”

According to the articles, this is already very popular within the states and we will watch with interest to see if it spreads across the pond.  Are you involved in generational awareness training or have you been on a course?  Let us know!

One Comment
  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    In May 2012 I attended a consultant-led workshop held at a US Investment Bank based in the City of London on “How to successfully leverage your multi-generational workforce”. The audience were mainly HR practitioners in financial services, and we were asked to identify ourselves as part of a given “generation” according to our respective dates of birth. The teams were all given identical questions to answer, and the responses had to be written on whiteboards and then presented to the wider audience.

    When each “generational’ team presented its responses it was evident that there was a large degree of similarity in spite of the fact that, technically, three different generations were present in the room (i.e.: Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y). Whilst the consultants suggested that there were marked differences, in reality the differences were in peripheral issues rather than core values.

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