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October 29, 2020

Managing Gen X Team Members

Generation X (born 1960-1980) is a tough generation to manage and motivate. Called “latch key” kids, most were born into either two-parent Baby Boomer families or single parent households. In both cases, many Gen X children had to fend for themselves since their parents were working. As a result, Gen Xers tend to be independent, resourceful employees who don’t like being told what to do and how to do it. 

Loyalty to an employer is considered outdated and unnecessary. This generation changes jobs often and for any reason. Keep in mind, they introduced the concepts of benefits portability, work-life balance, and flexibility to the workplace. Generation X works to live and have a lifestyle. 

Manage Gen X team members with freedom. Tell them what is needed and how results will be evaluated, then leave them alone. Provide them with state-of-the-art, high tech tools and reward them with more flexibility to work off-site or change the hours they need to be onsite. Understand your company’s family-friendly policies and benefits and help your employees take advantage of them. 

See my blog post How Each Generation Views Leadership for more information. 

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