Building Intergenerational Synergy: Best Practices for Success

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/290979
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Building Intergenerational Synergy: Best Practices for Success
Author(s):
Wheeler, Corinne Ann; Wheeler, Megan Petra
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha
Author Details:
Corinne Ann Wheeler, PhD, RN, CENP, corinneonthelake@gmail.com; Megan Petra Wheeler, MS, PHRD
Abstract:

Session presented on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Nursing leadership in today’s healthcare environment is experiencing the unique phenomenon of four distinct generational cohorts working together side-by-side. A lack of understanding regarding these generational differences can contribute to conflict within working relationships, lower productivity, and increase turnover. The purpose of the study was to review literature and examples of practice to determine best practices in facilitating intergenerational synergy in the workplace. The synthesis of the literature on challenges, benefits, and leadership strategies related to successfully managing a multigenerational workforce will provide a nursing leader with tools to help manage and lead an age-diverse staff. The four generations of Veterans, Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials are known by different names, but the characteristics within each generation remain the same. Each generation is different from the next with a unique set of attitudes and beliefs based upon past life experiences. These differences can bring richness and strength to the work team, but they can also result in conflict and stress. A key to thrive in this environment is for managers to first raise awareness about themselves and members of the other generations. Leaders who use generational information to tailor their leadership efforts create more effective work environments. This requires that leaders learn how to accommodate and leverage all four generations in effective, meaningful ways. Understanding what makes each generation tick is critical to create an environment that fosters intergenerational synergy. Organizations that are highly successful at managing recruitment and retention in the multigenerational workplace have adopted the following best practices: workplace culture assessments, employee retention practices, flexible benefit options, pay-for-performance compensation, and training on generational diversity. Successful strategies for coaching and motivating, communicating with, and reducing conflict for each generational cohort are also discussed.
Keywords:
Multi-generaltional Workforce; Intergenerational Synergy; Communication
Repository Posting Date:
13-May-2013
Date of Publication:
13-May-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
Creating Healthy Work Environments
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Creating Healthy Work Environments. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleBuilding Intergenerational Synergy: Best Practices for Successen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWheeler, Corinne Annen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWheeler, Megan Petraen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentAlphaen_GB
dc.author.detailsCorinne Ann Wheeler, PhD, RN, CENP, corinneonthelake@gmail.com; Megan Petra Wheeler, MS, PHRDen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/290979-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on Saturday, April 13, 2013</p>Nursing leadership in today&rsquo;s healthcare environment is experiencing the unique phenomenon of four distinct generational cohorts working together side-by-side. A lack of understanding regarding these generational differences can contribute to conflict within working relationships, lower productivity, and increase turnover. The purpose of the study was to review literature and examples of practice to determine best practices in facilitating intergenerational synergy in the workplace. The synthesis of the literature on challenges, benefits, and leadership strategies related to successfully managing a multigenerational workforce will provide a nursing leader with tools to help manage and lead an age-diverse staff. The four generations of Veterans, Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials are known by different names, but the characteristics within each generation remain the same. Each generation is different from the next with a unique set of attitudes and beliefs based upon past life experiences. These differences can bring richness and strength to the work team, but they can also result in conflict and stress. A key to thrive in this environment is for managers to first raise awareness about themselves and members of the other generations. Leaders who use generational information to tailor their leadership efforts create more effective work environments. This requires that leaders learn how to accommodate and leverage all four generations in effective, meaningful ways. Understanding what makes each generation tick is critical to create an environment that fosters intergenerational synergy. Organizations that are highly successful at managing recruitment and retention in the multigenerational workplace have adopted the following best practices: workplace culture assessments, employee retention practices, flexible benefit options, pay-for-performance compensation, and training on generational diversity. Successful strategies for coaching and motivating, communicating with, and reducing conflict for each generational cohort are also discussed.en_GB
dc.subjectMulti-generaltional Workforceen_GB
dc.subjectIntergenerational Synergyen_GB
dc.subjectCommunicationen_GB
dc.date.available2013-05-13T10:24:03Z-
dc.date.issued2013-05-13-
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-13T10:24:03Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.nameCreating Healthy Work Environmentsen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionCreating Healthy Work Environments. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolisen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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