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As the Canadian workforce continues to evolve, we’re beginning to see a broad range of age groups in the workplace. With the emergence of Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012), we now have five generations actively employed in Canada. 

The oldest generation, the Silent Generation (born between 1925 and 1945), has a vastly different skill set and mindset than the youngest, Generation Z. This unprecedented mix of generations presents a challenge for employers to manage in a way that considers the characteristics of each generation.

Employers can benefit from implementing generational management strategies. It is important to be mindful of generational differences and recognize the unique strengths that each generation brings to the table.

When it comes to communication, for instance, employers should recognize that different generations prefer different methods. Millennials tend to be tech savvy and prefer frequent digital updates or communications via social media. On the other hand, Baby Boomers are less likely to embrace digital communication and might prefer a face-to-face meeting.

Employers should also focus on creating an enjoyable work environment. This will help foster collaboration and a sense of personal satisfaction among employees. Offering flexible scheduling and recognizing employees’ accomplishments can be an effective way to bridge the gap between age groups and make management more effective.

The multi-generational workforce offers many rewards, including an array of knowledge, perspectives, and life experiences. By applying generational management strategies, employers can better manage their diverse workforce and make the most of the unique dynamics present between generations.

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