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Baby Boomer Workplace Realities: The 8 Lessons from the Smart, Driven Seniors

TalkShop baby boomer tipsFifty something’s are getting a bum rap these days. Many have put in experience, know-how, and commitment, only to face discrimination, unfair treatment, and insecurity in a workplace dominated by the younger generation. Indeed, age discrimination persists. Senior workers, stereotyped as slow and traditional, are mostly relegated to the background, while choice jobs and perks are reserved for the young who are viewed as adventurous and innovative.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO has a different point of view. “Based on personal experience, senior staff – mostly consisting of Baby Boomers born in 1946-1964 – are as productive as the younger ones. They bring a wealth of experience, maturity, sensibility, and emotional quotient to work.“ She shares her insights, gleaned from her experience in successfully running a multigenerational workforce:

1. Baby boomers are independent. They are used to working hard and persevering till tasks get done. This situation balances the office dilemma, involving young employees who may demonstrate enthusiasm but can lack the patience and the ability to finish a given task.

2. Baby boomers persist through problems and strive for success. They shine among the rest, notwithstanding age.

3. Baby boomers were raised to follow rules. They know how to blend and work with the team. The young members of the workforce tend to be rebellious, and do not have 100% respect for authority.

4. Baby boomers are independent. They worked hard for what they have. They also treasure all accomplishments. The young are unaccustomed to working. They are known as the “me” generation that respond well to instant gratification.

5. Baby boomers like to socialize. With them, communication is a breeze. This is a challenge for younger staff who grew up leading ”virtual” lives with Google and Facebook.

6. Baby boomers rise above conflicts, tension, and negativity that are regarded as petty. They perform with grace under pressure.

7. Baby boomers are seasoned workers who are experts at what they do, including that complex subject that is called life.

8. Baby boomers love being present in life and can therefore handle pressure well. In their youth, they did not have to escape by playing computer games. They enjoyed playing authentic games with real people and tend to form deep friendships.

Viesca reiterates, “A person does not lose his sensibility with age. Age is indeed just a number. And in a vibrant, positive workplace, the stability, wisdom, and grace of the YOUNG ONCE truly complement the dynamism, creativity, and energy of the YOUNG ONES.

www.talkshop.ph | (632) 94 5588 | Life After Retirement

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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