Bridging the great divide

It's a new age as project veterans meet up with a flood of young people, who often have different attitudes about the way to communicate, collaborate, and handle tasks. This article discusses how project leaders are closing today's generation gap by helping team members of all ages work together. In doing so, it reports the results of a 2011 survey--conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management--showing that intergenerational conflict ranked as a workplace problem for 72 percent of 434 human resources professionals. It defines the four generations working on project teams today: traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation Xers, and Generation Y or Millennials. It discusses how project leaders need to make the most of each group's skills and work styles and how they should determine what motivates each group and leverage it because one size doesn't fit all. The article suggests that clashes between generations happen because each member of a generation works differently, and one of the most striking dif
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