Listen Up: The Forgotten Generation Has Something to Say

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Nov 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends, client

Millennials tend to receive the majority of attention in recent years. Whether good or bad, Millennials are continually referenced by news organizations, bloggers and publicists. However, there is a forgotten generation there. The generation, born between 1965 and 1981 are known as Generation X or Gen-Xers. Individuals in this generation are taking up the jobs now vacated by Baby Boomers, and as such are now moving into power. Despite an almost forgotten generation, or at the very least a generation that does not receive the kind of attention as others, Gen-Xers have something to say.

Gen-Xer Is The Efficient Generation

Generation X is a combination of Baby Boom and Millennial. They understand the importance of getting up early in the morning, showing up, and putting in a solid day of work, much as the generation before them. However, they are also continually looking for ways to improve efficiency and productivity in the office. They embrace technology, but technology doesn't need to be the end all be all. It's not just what kind of technology will get the job done; it's how can a company get the work done in the best, most efficient way possible. Where the Baby Boom generation might have spurred off technology, Gen-Xers embrace it. They don't search for new tech like millennials, though. Gen-Xers understand that sometimes the best way to get something done efficiently while providing the highest quality product is sometimes not done by tech but by hand.

Very much in a way Gen-Xers are the hybrid generation. 

Constantly On the Move

No other generation has faced the kind of bubbles of Gen-Xers. Nearly every bubble imaginable has burst during the years Gen-Xers were working professionals. The housing market burst, there was the Dotcom burst, the Great Recession hit this generation harder than any other. In terms of disrupting productivity, no other generation has experienced problems in the workplace than any other generation in the history of the United States. 

Due to the continued bombardment of bursting industries, Gen-Xers discovered the need to move about different industries. They needed a way to continue working, and as one industry would tumble, they would need to shift their work capabilities to another with a better footing. Due to this, Gen-Xers have had to become adaptable, with the ability to move about and take on different career paths. 

Early on, many Gen-Xers learned they would need to work longer and harder than any other generation before them. They wouldn't be able to retire comfortably in their 50s like Baby Boomers because those kinds of jobs didn't exist. In order to increase their work and earning potential, Gen-Xers looked for ways to create portable skills and fine-tuned the ones they had already learned. 

However, this has made members of Generation X more adaptable to the workplace environment. They can bounce from one department to another without issue. They can work with new technology and old, all because they have had to reach management level. Generation X, while the often forgotten generation, doesn't receive the kind of attention of others, has become the pocketknife of working generations: capable of doing a great number of tasks. 

Seeking What's Best For the Company

Generation X does more to find the best way to get a job done than any other generation, both before and currently after. Generation X managers look for outside coaching and assistance. As Generation X managers have worked in so many different fields, they understand the importance of outside perspective. Yet the generation also has no problem embracing technology. They are just as tech-savvy as Millennials, so they have no problem bringing in new kinds of technology that will improve the strength of the company, but they will also look for the best overall talent as well. In many ways, Generation X, while the forgotten generation, is more than fine with going under the radar, as they let their knowledge and skill speak for themselves. 

For those individuals who are looking to have a Generation X worker on their team, now is the time to seek out assistance in becoming the next great lineup of impactful leaders. For this, ICS can help.

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