The Baby Boomers: flourishes in coaching and mentoring situations.
Generation X: are looking for opportunities for alternative learning activities such as
independent research and online skill-building.
Gen-Y: believe 2-way learning experiences are valuable. Not only do they want to learn
from the instructor, but the instructor should be willing to learn from them, as well. This
is a vital component to building strong relationships with this generation.
Generation Z: craves regular and technology-enhanced learning opportunities. Looks for
educational opportunities that use visually enhanced methods of teaching.
The Baby Boomers: like to process, discuss, and collaborate on various work projects
and issues toward specific solutions.
Generation X: are more self-reliant. They prefer working solo. "Just do it!" is their
Gen-Y: craves a very balanced work-life approach.
Generation Z: stays connected all the time. Adopts technology at high levels and pushes
others to do the same. Approaches all aspects of life from a global and visual
The Baby Boomers: feel valued when they are rewarded in ways that enhance their
future security, i.e., future promotions or raises
Generation X: value external recognition such as gift cards, award, ceremonies.
Gen-Y values rewards that offer more autonomy and freedom, such as flexible work
hours, working from home, online and hybrid approaches to working and learning.
Generation Z: need rewards that are changed frequently to meet changing expectations
Attitudes toward Authority
The Baby Boomers: believe respect must be earned to receive and to keep.
Generation X: has respect for authority, but wants a less formalized relationship with
authority figures. Enjoys being on a first name basis with colleagues.
Gen-Y: is not opposed to respecting authority, but questions why it should be
unconditional and automatic. Not afraid to ask for what they (and others) value in
Generation Z: is high maintenance and wants high intensity in relationships with
those in authority, as well as co-workers.