Millennials vs. Boomers: A Side-by-Side Comparison

April 20, 2017
Millennials vs. Boomers: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Millennials and boomers want to be understood, accepted, and appreciated for who they are in the field. Yet each generation represents two distinct cultures. Now, more than ever, it's important to improve teamwork and build mutual respect between these two groups leading the workforce.

Use this side-by-side list of workplace styles and values to help start the conversation with your own team now.

MILLENNIALS

BOOMERS

Collaborative, team-oriented approach

Emphasis on individual contributions

Based on opportunities for growth

Built on trusting relationship over many years

Change is positive

Change is challenging

Strive to lessen on-the-job stress

Have difficulty leaving work at the office

Seek recognition for individual accomplishments

Acknowledge contributions of others before their own

Embrace new technology

Willing to learn, but require patience

Avoid making permanent decisions based on temporary feelings and emotions

Learn from those who have "been there and done that" and weigh options accordingly

Consult colleagues and peers

Base decisions on where they want to be

Likely to question a rule's relevancy to the job or organization

Learn why rules are needed, then evaluate whether changes need to be made

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