Crossing the generational divide

The contemporary workplace is a vibrant and diverse ecosystem, comprising individuals from various age groups, nationalities, and cultures. Consequently, today's workforce embraces people with different values, ambitions, skills, and personalities, leading to a wide range of perspectives on the meaning of work and what it should provide for employees.

What factors contribute to the differences in our approaches and perceptions of work? Part of the answer lies in the historical era in which we were born.

Baby Boomers

Born between 1946 and 1964, the generation known as "Baby Boomers" earned their name due to the significant surge in births following World War II. Shaped by the environment they grew up in, Baby Boomers are known for their strong work ethic. Following the war, while economic conditions improved for many, the competition for college placements and jobs remained fierce, with limited availability.

This competitive landscape instilled in Baby Boomers the qualities they are renowned for today: a drive for success, diligent work ethic, unwavering dedication, loyalty, respect, and ambition. They are more inclined to work long hours and remain in the same role for extended periods. Baby Boomers seek the stability of permanent employment and often dedicate a significant portion of their lives to their work.

Generation X

Spanning the years between 1965 and 1981, Generation X embodies a more laid-back approach to work and life in general. Raised in the liberal '60s and amidst the disco-dominated '70s, Generation X workers place a greater emphasis on achieving a harmonious work-life balance. This does not imply a lack of ambition or drive to succeed in their careers. Rather, they prioritize working to live, rather than living to work.

Technologically savvy, Generation X is more comfortable with advancements compared to their Baby Boomer counterparts. They prefer flexible work environments that accommodate their lifestyle needs.

Generation Y

Born between 1982 and 2000, Generation Y, often referred to as millennials, are the product of the technological revolution. Growing up during a time of remarkable technological advancements, including the widespread use of mobile phones and the integration of home desktop computers, they are the generation most at ease with digital devices.

Generation Y is known for their creativity, productivity, and quick learning abilities. However, they have faced criticism for associating work happiness with achievement and rewards. This should not be misconstrued as a lack of work ethic, as Generation Y employees aspire to pursue meaningful careers that foster personal and professional growth. They possess strong opinions and are determined to have their voices heard by management.

Generation Z

Generation Z, the cohort succeeding Generation Y, will gradually enter the workforce in the coming years. They are even more technologically savvy than their predecessors, having grown up alongside smartphones and being heavily influenced by bloggers, YouTube, Snapchat, and social media as a whole. With strong social awareness, they exhibit empathy and possess excellent multitasking skills. Generation Z is yet to leave their mark on the professional world.

At Hero Recruitment, we understand the distinct needs of potential employees and carefully consider them when matching candidates with suitable roles. With offices in Galway, Cork, and Dublin, Hero Recruitment is equipped to address your requirements.

For more information, contact our Galway office at 091 730022, our Cork office at (021) 2066287, or our Dublin office at (091) 6190279. You can also reach us via email at or find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.


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