The paper "How Different People Are Motivated" is a great example of a report on management. Managing multigenerational workers is one of the greatest challenges faced by managers of the 21st century. Today, managers across industries are grappling with the challenge of managing age-diverse teams (Kilber et al. , 2014). There are typically three age generations that still make up the workforce that includes baby boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. Managing teams from the different generations pose a challenge to managers mainly because employees from different generations have different needs, expectations and are motivated differently (Krahn & Galambos, 2014).
Besides, Roodin and Mendelson (2013) argue that workers of different generations have different values and work expectation that sometimes conflict with other and such differences in work expectations if not properly managed can adversely affect workplace productivity. This paper explains how different people are motivated by different things at different stages in their lives with a focus on the three generations that make up today’ s workforce. Analysis There are three main generations working side by side in today’ s workplaces, which include Baby boomers, Generation X and generations Y.
Baby Boomers refers to those employees who were born between 1943 and 1960s who are still in employment. This generation is approaching retirement on the virtue of their age as the majority is now aged 60 years and above. In Australia, the population of the baby boomers currently stands at over 5.5 million people. Reports indicate that more than 5.5 million Australian senior citizens are turning 65 years (Murray, 2013). These means that a significant number of Australian workforces are have either retired or approaching their retirement age. The other generation that makes up today’ s workforce is Generation X.
Generation X refers to those workers who were born between 1960 and 1981. The Generation X workers makes up the largest percentage of the workforce as these are workers who are within the age bracket of 36-56 years old. The population of Generation X in Australia is almost the same as that of Baby Boomers at 5.8 million people (Kultalahti & Viitala, 2014).
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