Generation as a valid method of stratification in society was first introduced in the work of Mannheim during the year 1952. It was among the most important fields of study that needed to be studied to further understand the area of sociology (Mannheim 1952). In this way, Mannheim tried to gain an understanding of the existing foundation of knowledge. Mannheim utilized this knowledge to research the development of conservative thinking in contemporary society (Turner 1999). Understanding the different generations in any social structure is vital to the development and expansion of a particular society (Coates 2007).
Generational gaps in the lives of those who are young and old generally occur because of many reasons. The majority of these causes are due to the rapid change in the social life of the two groups. Members of both groups have divergent interests with regard to music fashion, politics, and culture as well as the way they communicate. These differences first began to manifest their own in the 1950s and 1960s. There were many changes in the social scene since the old-fashioned dating patterns changed primarily because of the enormous impact of media at the time. The teens were bopping to the music that was quite different than the music that their parents favored. Additionally, the films that were released at this time featured children who were rebellious. The primary focus of these films during the period was young rebels who were willing to do everything to earn an income which was the consequence of the difficult time that was in the air. These facts led to a new generation of the generation known as baby boomers. They saw themselves as very fashionable. A large part of their influence came from the music-rock scene that was popular in the era. The people in this age group are between 45 and 65. These people have distinct particular characteristics. They are, for instance, the majority of them aren’t open to new ideas or technology.
People born between the years 1970 and 1980 are part of Generation X. The source term “Generation X” came because of the high level of drug abuse that was prevalent among parents of the time. Many of these parents did not take care of their children. In the end, people from this generation were considered lazy people (Strauss and Howe 1991). The members of this generation are in their 30s and 40s. The majority of them are educated since more than half went to college. Additionally, the majority of individuals are ethnically multi-ethnic. They have good jobs. They are also extremely adventurous, as they are always testing innovative ideas and new technologies. The generation that is currently experiencing the highest divorce rates because the family values of the time were changing. Women are more liberal, and a significant percentage of them are in the working world.
Generation Y is the generation born between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. They are also referred to as Generation Y or the Millennial generation. The millennial generation is the largest and most varied of history since their parents are the baby boomers or generation the X generation. They are generally aware of the latest technology and how to use the internet efficiently. They prefer learning spaces that comprise teamwork and technology. They possess the ‘can-do’ mindset of a veteran, the ability to work in teams (similar to those of baby boomers) as well as the technical expertise of Generation X.
Our Case Study
I am 25 and consequently, I am a part of the Generation Y class. The interview I did was conducted with a 57-year-old bank manager named” Mr. Jones. He is 57 years old. Jones belongs to the baby boomer generational group. He’s married and has 2 kids: a son, Jason aged 24, and a daughter Ashley who is 19 years old. His two children are students at college. He has a wife who is a homemaker and has an artisanal grocery store which she sells to his local neighborhood.
The purpose of the interview was to discover the diverse generational differences that exist in relation to working and career advancement. Generational differences are the core characteristics and capabilities of individuals who are part of an identical age bracket. He. Jones belongs to the baby boomer generation, which was previous knowledge I had. We spoke about the significant moments that happened throughout his life. He informed me that he was a soldier in Vietnam and that life was extremely difficult after the war. Two parents and an at-home mother who made his childhood one worthy of remembering helped raise him. The family was the most important thing in their age, which does not seem necessarily the way it is for the present generation of parents, as there is a large number in divorce proceedings. He has lived a lifestyle of hard work and caring for the family with food and shelter. According to him, the people of today appear to be apathetic to responsibility, unlike the people who lived in the past. Additionally, they do not consider family time as important since they’re more focused on their jobs and have the impression that women must be at home, and care for their children, just as their wives and mother.
In the 1950s, men were expected to work and women were expected to care for the home and take on the emotional burden for the entire family (Moen 1998). This division of labor reduced the effect on the family members in the event that the father needed to work additional hours to his work schedule or had to leave for a prolonged period of time as the job demanded it (Moen 1998). The breadwinner was a father and the spouse was a housekeeper. so the roles of emotional were split because the father was worried about the financial stability of his family and the wife was expected to provide security for the family’s emotional well-being. In general, in this in mind, many born into the baby boomers prefer wives who are stay-at-home moms as rather than working women. They believe that each spouse will be aware of the role they play in the family, and there will be greater trust when it comes to handling the responsibilities that come from home. Work-related women are seen as a source of concern because they can blur gender lines that define the role of men in work-related matters and women’s role in life-related concerns (Quick and colleagues 2004).
He. Jones thinks that nowadays gender roles are less established and the employees who he is working with today deal with the homemaking aspect and breadmaking. This has resulted in increasing concerns about personal issues when they ought to be at work. The intrusion into their personal life at the workplace can lead to worry about their jobs while they should be at home relaxing (Quick and colleagues 2004).
Baby boomers are the generation that has the lowest amount of experience, and also the most significant change in gender roles in the workplace. Workplace changes were prone to fade in their working lives, which is why they struggle to adapt to these changes in the present. For them, when they entered the workforce they believed that a successful job was one who was dedicated to a long-term job within the organization and who did not allow personal issues to interfere with life at work (Moen 1998). They certainly cared about their families, however, they weren’t expected to demonstrate this in the workplace.
Women born during the baby boomer generation was in its prime were expected to be housewives and those lucky enough to get into work acted similarly. They were extremely exigent and controlled so they did not express emotions. They were the male baby boomers without any difference. The majority of them were left alone because their plans did not include an at-home husband which was a huge mistake.
The balance between work and life for baby boomers is extremely unstable as they’ve experienced a variety of changes in changing gender roles at work. Gen X employees category has a history of women working in the workplace, and, as a result, have gained acceptance for the idea. They are able to cut down their careers if they feel the way it affects their lives. Because of the lack of attention that a majority of them endured in their childhood, they are more likely to feel resentment about the amount of time and energy they put into their work. The millennials are the smallest segment of the workforce since they are the most youthful group. They struggle to manage work and personal life. They are prone to taking pleasure in or. They expect an environment that is diverse.
Baby boomers have tried to accept women at their workplaces and give them more respect and the contributions they make. Baby boomers prefer to be in control and that is why the majority of them work in higher positions at work. They love to shine in their workplaces and often have a lot of potential for the department they are employed in. They are more than happy to share their ideas with colleagues so long as they receive the respect they deserve. They enjoy taking on risky initiatives but are careful to avoid taking responsibility in the event of failure. Technology is a problem for them since they are not technologically proficient.
At work, it is important to ensure that there must be a balance among these distinct generational groups (baby boomers and Generation X) and be aware of how each can help reduce conflict and sub-performance. With the imminent retirement of many baby boomers, employers must strive to draw in and embrace all of these generations’ groups since they each bring their own aspects to the workplace in general. The workplace policies and leadership strategies might need to be re-examined in dealing with issues that concern inclusion, recognition, and alignment of the generation’s beliefs of workers to achieve a better balance between work and life (Deloitte 2006)
It’s extremely difficult to locate a single kind of generational group in a prosperous workplace. The various elements of baby boomers generation x and generation y, are essential for a company to be successful. Bridge the gap between generations requires an understanding of all generations’ differences. Generational differences could result in a lot and frustration, but the leaders of the organizations must understand every one of them and recognize their positive contributions to the business.