Recently, I was asked to counsel a group of angry 40-something managers on career advancement. These Generation Xers felt they were caught in between “greedy” Baby Boomers, who won't move over to give their generation a shot, and “entitled” Millennials, who won’t put in a decent day’s work.
Generational influences play a significant role in shaping our values, motivations and behaviors. Nowhere are those influences more apparent and the behavior more divergent than in the workplace. Take the Baby Boomers. Their large numbers drove them to be competitive in all parts of life, including work. In their push to get ahead Boomers added a full month’s worth of work per year to their schedule. Now that they are ready to recalibrate work and life, things have gotten complicated. Past spending habits and drops in retirement portfolios have made the prospects of even gradual retirement obsolete for many.
The phrase “Fake it til you make it” may have its uses, but let’s be real: perpetually pretending to be something or someone you’re not is exhausting. In fact, authenticity is increasingly cited as a critical element of success for business today. Consider a recent Harvard Business Review article, Creating the Best Workplace on Earth, which cites research from the London Business School indicating that employees that feel encouraged to express their authentic selves at work maintain a higher degree of commitment to the organization, greater individual performance and a stronger desire to collaborate.Read more