Generations in the Workplace: Understanding Differences and Achieving Common Ground
October 18, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity Strategies & Implementation
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Our environment shapes us as individuals but does not determine who we are. In this workshop, participants will learn the common explanations for generational differences and how to leverage this understanding for creating inclusive workplaces. We will situate differences across Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z in historic social norms and political and economic contexts. We will also explore the dangers of creating stereotypes along age and the complexities generated by differences across other diversity dimensions including race, gender, class, and sexuality. This workshop will inevitably ask: Are there more differences or similarities across age? How can we use this awareness to foster inclusive workplaces? Participants will: ● Examine the structural economic, political, and social reasons attributed to generational differences. ● Understand how generational stereotypes harm attempts to create inclusive workplaces. ● Identify ways to encourage productive and inclusive intergenerational collaboration at work. ● Design workplace practices, processes, and norms that are inclusive of various dimensions of diversity including age, race, gender, sexuality, and class.