Harmony or Dysfunction? That is the Question

Written By: Kristin Clements-Effner, MSW, Cofounder and Training Coordinator

Last time you looked around the office, chances are you saw a plethora of ages working along side one another in harmony (or in complete dysfunction?)  At this time in our workforce, we have four generations working side by side (watch out, Generation Z is not far behind) and this has caused some challenges to say the least.  Each generation comes with different history and backgrounds that have shaped their perspective of work and the needs they exhibit in the office.  This has caused some friction as values conflict, which has translated into office drama and poor retention of younger employees.

The discussion can often get negative when these issues are discussed, which does not lead to productive strategies to create a cohesive work team.  Each Generation brings strengths to the workplace that when embraced can create a dynamic team that meets the organizational mission.  Challenges can be turned into opportunities for professional and personal development and assist in building future leaders within the organization and reengaging older workers. 

Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting each Generation and the contribution they bring to the workforce and the needs that they exhibit that often go misunderstood by others.  First up, Generation Y…Why do they insist on wearing flip flops to work?  Stay tuned!


About catalystxchange

Catalyst X-Change, Inc. is a 501c3 serving the greater Indianapolis area. Catalyst was founded by two Millennials (Kristin Clements-Effner and Melissa Noyes) with a passion and a vision for world change. We believe that significant and positive change can happen when individuals come together and match their passions with tangible actions. Our mission is to advance community through meaningful action.
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