Engaging the Generations

Close your eyes for a moment and think of a typical classroom from your school days--the smell of chalk or dry erase markers, the murmur of students as they ponder an assignment, the sight of the teacher handing out tests. Now open your eyes. Did you imagine a classroom where Jimmy was 60 years younger than his classmate, Jane? Were some of the students in their teens, while others were in their 30s or 50s or perhaps even 70s? Was the teacher more mature than the students, or was she several generations younger? These examples may seem outlandish, but they are actually reflective of the crazy quilt of generations in today's workplace.

As you look around your own company, you'll find

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