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Healthcare: What are some of the challenges or opportunities created by having multiple generations in today’s workplace?

Comments: 9

I find working with multi-generations a challenge that is worth the result. Each set bring their own perspective and history and when they are willing to be open to suggestions, wonderful things happen!

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Kim Palfy
PESPA
Largo, FL

What a joy to have many different generations! We have the opportunities to not stagnate, to build models of communication, and to move forward together meeting the needs of our students and ourselves. Arriving at a common goal is a joyous occasion! Honoring each culture and belief system makes us stronger. Dividing by generation can destroy all common achievements.

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Ilah Breen
CCEA
Orange Park, FL

Each generation bring their own skill-set and expertise to the workplace. The opportunities are that older workers are more likely to understand the agency's mission and vision due to their long association, including a historical perspective which is invaluable, while younger workers who are more technically-savvy, demonstrate the ability for greater efficiency through their technological skill-set and typically value teamwork. The challenge will be to understand and not to stereotype these generational differences.

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Paula White
UUP
Brooklyn, NY

It is essential for maintaining a healthy society, to retain a variety of workers representing the generations. Intergenerational workers can mentor each other and remain on the tax roles for Social Security. To remain sensitive to each generation; we must work around each other, as we all live such isolated lives at home.

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bonnie steinkraus
NYSUT
syracuse, NY

I love it!

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Patricia Robinson-Linder
SDP
Wallingford, PA

I have mixed feelings about the wide age differences among teachers. I do enjoy the bright-eyed enthusiasm of new teachers. However, at times, their assumption that experienced teachers are not in tune with the latest in education is annoying and comes across as condescension. On the other hand, I think teachers who exploit tenure by working into their seventies are doing us a disservice because they are not readily adopting technology in the classroom. I also find that teachers in their late sixties and seventies are less flexible when working with colleagues. In my opinion, once a teacher reaches seventy, tenure should cease.

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Marie Rosland
AFT ESUHSD
San Jose, CA

Like most situations this one depends on chemistry. Older folks who are either vet teachers or second career people coming in have life experiences that can lead them towards the use of pragmatic solutions. Young folks have greater energy and idealism. I use the word usually because I've seen many exceptions to both groups. If the principal is comfortable with their authority and job security then multiple generations can be a blessing where experience and energy can produce some great stuff. If not a staff can be destroyed easily.

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Bob Himmelstein
UFT
Staten Island , NY

Younger teachers see little value in spending money to join PCTA, the local "Association". And the fact that Fl is a Right to work state and that the School Board can impose a contract on the teachers with impunity gives them little incentive. They're young enough they can move on and the older ones are often stuck/

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Andrew Foertsch
PCTA
St. Petersburg, FL

Based on my experience in a educational setting (public elementary schools), I found the mixture of ages and generations to be generally quite beneficial. The older staff provided wisdom of experience, passing on tried and true "tricks of the trade" and ways of maneuvering the complex requirements and expectations. The younger staff provided the newest academic knowledge, fresh ideas and approaches as well as boundless energy and enthusiasm. The challenge was to maintain respect among the groups and social congeniality.

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Paula A. Fox
Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers
Golden Valley, MN

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