For the first time, there are five generations in the workplace. Unfortunately for senior management and human resource personnel, this is causing chaos in group dynamics and employee interpersonal relationships. All five generations have different employee attitudes, employee mindsets as well as ingrained generational employee behaviours. This new paradigm has created the need for incorporating organizational behaviour training in the skills sets of those involved in corporate management and specifically, in employee management relations.
Dr. Kevin Orieux is a researcher, author and corporate trainer who has been studying socio-economics and the social psychology of group dynamics in the workplace for thirty years. In this interview he identifies causes of intergenerational angst and how the sociological conditioning of different generations has created workplace disharmony and employee disengagement due to tension with interpersonal relations, then presents viable solutions to stimulate employee motivation based on analyzing what the different demographics expect in terms of workplace satisfaction.
With Millennials and Gen Z now comprising over 53% of the workplace at a time when the unemployment rate is the lowest in Western history, Dr. Orieux explains factors leading the 100 million strong Great Resignation and what has been labeled by socio-economists as job hopping amongst young adults. These kind of numbers amongst our youngest workers require senior executives to examine their present practices and further, to re-evaluate their traditional management style and executive decision making if they want to mitigate certain sociological root causes of employee attrition to avoid the expense of hiring and rehiring.
Using the most recent data, Dr. Orieux maps out how companies can thrive by investing more resources in the health and welfare of their people, including employee training as well as management training to bridge this multi-level generation gap. He then provides compelling reasons why companies need to focus on workplace satisfaction, creating a corporate culture that prioritizes a holistic work environment focused on employee well-being, along with the need to rethink issues like the four-day workweek, flexible hours and a progressive move towards more employee autonomy.