3 Easy Tips for Generational Inclusion

By the Numbers

One of the toughest challenges facing employers today is generational diversity and inclusion. With the soon-to-be-retiring baby boomers creating a void, employers need to develop multi-generational work teams to minimize brain drain. Oakland University says the generational inclusion problem is accentuated by the fact that four generations are in today’s workplace and a fifth is about to join them. Here are some easy tips to develop a more generationally inclusive work environment:


Having complimentary coffee is a nice touch for java loving Baby Boomers. However younger generations are not impressed with the choice of Maxwell House or nothing. They prefer decaf and flavors. Braun Research reports that a third of employers offer free coffee for their employees. Not only is not inclusive for younger generations, half the baby boomers say the company-supplied coffee is intolerable. Get as Kuerig and stock up on multiple flavors, including non-coffee options, and you will score a big win.


Historically Generation Y is known to be more of a job-hopping generation than company loyal. This is changing. Generation Y is apparently becoming less intent on changing employers. According to a survey by Fidelity Investments, 25 percent of those aged 22 to 33 hoped to stay with their current employer until retirement. This is a 79 percent increase in the number of faithful long-time minded employees the prior year. A last word about loyalty: a recent KPMG survey found 75 percent of college students place top priority on job security.

Do not be afraid of younger bosses or

Today you can promote younger workers to management jobs without fear of older workers getting uptight. The trend is clear - 53 percent of 35 and older workers say they currently work for someone younger with the majority saying they do not think age is a factor according to Careerbuilder.com.