New Trends in Working Styles
Grist, an environmental and newsworthy topic website, discusses some challenges both project and human resource managers will face with changes in working styles. Grist compared baby boomers to Gen Exers and came up with these results:
1943 to 1960 - Baby Boomer work styles tend to be youthful, optimistic, and they are team players as well as competitors. Baby boomers appear to have an attitude that says "Get it done, whatever it takes," even if that means nights and weekends. Conversing with management is formal and to the point with baby boomers. Finally, baby boomers feel work is important meaning the success of their projects are important.
1961 to 1981 - Generation X work styles are more worried about balancing work with lifestyles, and being pragmatic. Generation Xers look to find the fastest route to the completion of projects and are more concerned about deadlines, not work hours. Gen Xers lack the communication skills baby boomers strive hard to perfect and are often direct and skeptical. Gen Xers are more interested in what the project means, not the work or how it comes to a conclusion.
If that's not enough to worry about in human resource trends, there are still the Generation Ys to consider, born from 1982-2002. This group of workers have been shown to have short attention spans, are technology dependent and savvy, and are more interested in blending the work they do into their lifestyles.
Still, compared to the traditionalists, born between 1925 and 1942, work ethic or work demands were never discussed and just performed. Authority was never questioned and directives given were directives completed.
The project manager must rethink their human resource skills especially with these new human resource management trends on the horizon.