I was born during the final years of the so-called Generation X, so I like to pride myself of having the same confidence with technology of a digital native, together with a more reliable and structured approach to both life and business.
However I can’t deny that my generation sometimes feels compressed between an entrenched top-middle management – mostly made of Baby Boomers – and an aggressive newer generation courted by corporations eager to keep the pace of change.
Now an interesting article in The Economist (“Winning the generation game”, 09/28/2013), while focused on how companies are coping with the management of such a diversified workforce embracing three generations, also offers compelling evidence on how valuable the battered Generation X actually proves to be in the workplace.
According to research by Ernst & Young, we are:
– the best team players
– the most effective problem solvers
– the most entrepreneurial
– the least difficult to deal with
– more hard-working and cost-effective than Generation Y, and not much less than the Baby Boomers
Of course such results are likely to contain some degree of generalization: I have met and worked with very organized Generation Yers and hopelessly unreliable Baby Boomers. Yet I may happen to mention this piece of research on the first suitable occasion!