“Can you turn your noisy music down!”
I hated it as teenager and now find myself saying the same thing to my children. This is what used to be known as the “Conflict of Generations” a simple trend misunderstanding about culture, music, politics and traditions.
This terminology used since the 60’s takes a completely different meaning in our life today.
Effectively this generation differential is becoming a major concern and subject to all kind of analyses. Of course marketing data is the natural start of this analysis but this “conflict of Generations” that used to be a ritual passage from childhood to parenthood is one of the most surprising gaps that the evolution of technology and economy has brought into our life in the last decades.
And this to a point that even the way of educating, hiring and retaining has to be adapted.
As such, IPM Global Mobility asked itself how Global Mobility would be affected by this “Conflict of Generations”.
With 71 million representative Generation Y people coming into their 30’s and, as such, ready to become the next generation of leaders, they are driven by values and work styles that are completely different from the baby Boomers or the Generation X. Finding ways to bridge the gaps within this new multigenerational work force concerns a lot of organisations and it all started with understanding how to bring them to the top using the right tools and understanding their core motivations.
Generation X, which is used to being precocious, has started to understand the need of being mobile in order to become a leader in a (still) very male oriented society trying to cope with fast growing technology environment changes.
Generation Y is another specimen altogether, which is used to finding all the answers to their queries through technology, communicating via social media and aspiring to a different kind of life. They want flexible hours, more vacation, continuous training and development, and increased telecommunication options. They expect to leverage technology efficiently, instead of staying late in the office to get everything done. They want to be exposed to Mobility earlier and want to have the right work life balance, giving the right amount of time to their families.
How many statistics, projections and social specialist speeches have we heard saying that Generation Y will be the more mobile one; that they will be a generation of globe trotters, unable to be settled and will be very independent?
I was looking yesterday again at the Generation Y definition in one of the most controversial online dictionaries which stipulates the following:
“Fred Bonner, a Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University and author of Diverse Millennial Students in College: …Implications for Faculty and Student Affairs, believes that much of the commentary on the Millennial Generation may be partially accurate, but overly general and that many of the traits they describe apply primarily to “white, affluent teenagers who accomplish great things as they grow up in the suburbs, who confront anxiety when applying to super-selective colleges, and who multitask with ease as their helicopter parents hover reassuringly above them”
Voila! my subject suddenly becomes more complex, and linked to it comes social factors, geographical factors, and, soon enough, will come the other controversial words that we have heard too many times debating the meaning – such as Diversity, Emerging Market, Dual Career, Talent shortage.
Once again no real answer but a multitude of links to the beautiful diversity of our world.
So now that my children turn their “you don’t understand” noisy music down, I will leave this discussion to another time as I have to read my daughter’s blog to make sure that she has done her homework and hasn’t been spending her evening complaining about parent education on Facebook or Twitter while her helicopter dad hovers.
We will be pleased to return to and explore these subjects in a lighter and entertaining tone in future blogs. If you cannot wait, then IPM Global Mobility will address these issues for you on request and according to your needs.
By Nicolas Pewny, Global Mobility Director #expat #globalmobility #international