Recently I was asked by a journalist with the Indy Star, ‘Why different generations react so differently to coronavirus?’
Unfortunately, the majority of us have become intimately familiar with something most of us had never heard of 6 months ago. Many of us are currently using terms like Social Distancing, Shelter in Place and Self Isolation on a daily, if not hourly basis.
It only makes sense that a cataclysmic event such as the coronavirus, like significant Generational Touchstones in the past, would provoke a variety of reactions.
There has been a lot of criticism thrown toward the younger generations, Millennials & Generation Z, about their laissez-faire attitude when it comes to taking the virus seriously. On the flip side of the generational coin, there are segments of older generations who seem to have a sense of pride in ignoring the social guidelines everyone has been asked to follow to stop the spread of the disease.
So, which generation is behaving the worst or best when it comes to the coronavirus?
The answer is all the generations are both winners and losers when it comes to adhering to the new coronavirus social guidelines (CSG).
Often during my presentations, I have discovered different generational segments want to place blame, (or credit) for an experience on another generation’s shoulders. Situations are never so black and white. Generational discord and harmony stem from a variety of factors including, but not limited to; Generational Signposts, Corporate Culture, and Leadership.
The important takeaways in any challenging situation are thoughtfulness of others, confidence in our decisions and inclusion of a diverse group of people upon whom we can lean.
If you currently find yourself at home, and you have binge-watched as much Netflix as you can handle, I would like to offer a complimentary copy of my book, Generations Inc. From Boomers to Linksters- Managing the Friction Between Generations at work. If you already own a copy, what about a Generational T-Shirt? Something you can wear as part of your new work-from-home uniform!
Just send me an email to Meagan@MeaganJohnson.com
If you are thinking about holding a meeting virtually, I can provide training for your team on generational issues at a reasonable cost. The presentation, much like the in-person program includes PowerPoint, program customization and a Generational Decoder Card for all attendees.
Contact my associate, Kathie Pillard at 800-759-4933 to make the arrangements.