If you are submitting a resume, interviewing for a job, promoting an idea as an employee, or leading a team, it’s important to remember that we now have four distinct generations on the job. Each generation uses a “different language.” The term “communication skills,” for example, might mean formal writing and speaking abilities to an older worker, while it might mean e-mail and instant-messenger savvy to the younger worker. Being aware of generational differences can help you anticipate miscommunications and help you tailor your message for more effective communication.
Understanding the generation differences may be important, but it is not nearly as important as it is to understand the individual. People, no matter their age, have specific styles in how they react / respond to situations and how they receive / perceive information. By understanding the concept of people’s behavior styles and communication preferences, you will significantly improve your probability of success in reaching your goals.
Include learning about people as part of your continuing education and you will learn more about your own style and the unique styles of others. Strive to communicate effectively with the Workforce Veterans, The Boomers, Generation X, and The Millennials by boht knowing and appreciating communication differences.
Remember: Be more mindful of Communication STYLES than of communication devices and jargon.