I had to make an unexpected trip to New Mexico (Mom had two hospital visits in a three week period – things are better) and then had to rush back to present at the ITA Fall Collaborative.
During the Collaborative I was following the ITA #itaf11 stream and saw that my friend Ed Kless had tweeted the following: Oh no, here it comes, the gratuitous reference to generations in the workplace. This is the astrology of business today!
Fresh off of a visit with my extended family, I knew that while astrology for business, in the arena of family gatherings, generational differences are alive and well…and humorous.
Here are a number generational differences I noticed:
- Phones – landlines, cell phones and refusing to answer the phone.
- Thermostat – Hatching baby chicks warm or energy/money saving low? Does your family battle it out, respect the host’s preference or wait for a moment when no one is looking to change it?
- Preferred TV volume levels – some want to hear the audio regardless of what room they’re in, while others would welcome an opportunity to hear themselves think.
- Scrabble rules and etiquette – fresh off blood sugar and heart problems my mother manages to beat me by 100 points. I realize it’s bad form to storm out of the rehab center – doesn’t mean I didn’t want to. Especially when I had called off the dogs on the previous game and didn’t pile on when I had a 30 point lead.
What are the generational differences you’ve noticed? Please share them in the comments section.