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Millennials Speak Out: How to Manage the GenX Boss

The media is flooded with stories of this new generation of workers, their need for constant praise, and perceived sense of entitlement. Millennials are described as arrogant, needy, and lacking in the work ethic found in the generations that came before. Research shows that Millennials are confident, interested in personal growth & communication, and have a quick ability to learn new technology. Conflict in the workplace is erupting as Millennials collide with their GenX and Baby Boomer supervisors. Baby Boomers have a team orientation, respect hierarchy and are likely to be workaholics. GenXers, the original “Who Cares” generation, are self-reliant and pragmatic. They believe in doing a job without needing daily praise and feedback. Hear from a multi-generational panel about the tensions in the workplace and learn what skills are necessary to bridge these generational differences. Learn what companies are doing to create productive work teams and friendly policies.


  1. What values, work-styles, communication preferences, and motivators does each generation present with?
  2. How do the differing expectations cause conflict in the workplace?
  3. What do successful Millennials do to help them fit into a multi-generational work teams?
  4. What can GenX and Baby Boomers do to support the transition of Millennials into the workplace?
  5. How can company policies and workplace cultures change to support incoming Millennials.



Betsy Flanagan, VP Student Engagement , Altius Education

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