Al-Hajj Khalil Champsi (Toronto, Canada)
The chart below produced by PEW which provides timeline of various generations and can be a helpful tool to provide connection,co-existence,coperation and corroboration by learning and exchange of information thus eliminating a so called terminology called ‘Generation Gap’
The generations can be defined as follows but there is variation depending on geographical region as published by Inc written by John Rampton
The Silent Generation: This is the generation who firmly believes in an “Honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.” They’re extremely loyal and enjoy being respected for that. Since they’re conformists, they value most job titles and money.
The Baby boomers: Boomers are often ambitious, loyal, work-centric, and cynical. They prefer monetary rewards, but also enjoy nonmonetary rewards like flexible retirement planning and peer recognition. They also don’t require constant feedback and have “all is well unless you say something” mindset.
Gen Xers : They prefer to work independently with minimal supervision. They also value opportunities to grow and make choices, as well as having relationships with mentors. They also believe that promotions should be based on competence and not by rank, age, or seniority.
The Mellenials : They want to work in an environment where they can collaborate with others. Flexible schedules, time off, and embracing the latest technology to communicate are also important for Gen Y.
Gen Z: This generation is motivated by social rewards, mentorship, and constant feedback. They also want to be do meaningful and be given responsibility. Like their predecessors, they also demand flexible schedules.
“To manage across the generations we have to learn to be mindful of each other and treat each other as individuals,” writes Bruce Mayhew.
“No matter what generation we are from, it’s too easy to keep doing what we are doing now and acting like each generation is (or should be), motivated by the same things we are.
Even if our professional -; management instincts say ‘no -; of course we don’t do this,’ we have to be careful that our actions don’t demonstrate that we do. We always have to be mindful of our actions and stay open to listening to each other.”
“Use everyone’s ability and goals.”
One can see only blessings from God by looking back 100 years of our history but learn how to appreciate various generations and learn to live happy and work towards greater goals of life .
advise of a wise sage in dealing with the next generations. Imam Ali (AS) counsels:
“Do not force your own customs upon your children for they are in other times than yours.”