How to effectively manage the 4 generations in today's workforce

It is important for managers to understand the traits of each generation and use that information as it applies to the people they lead.

By Billy Hamilton of Motion Industries

Exciting times are just around the corner for the food and beverage industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the industry is expected to grow 10 percent between 2014 and 2024. This increase in the number of jobs will result in a tremendous influx of new employees into the food and beverage workforce.

The surge of new employees will further complicate a workplace that is more complex than ever due to the number of generations working together at the same time. Advances in medical care leading to longer life spans, delayed retirement plans for many Americans due to the sharp decrease in pension plans and concerns about health care created a perfect storm forcing employers and employees to attempt to navigate the often turbulent waters of coexistence among workers with distinctly different needs and traits.

The four generations currently in the workforce are known as the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.

To learn more, read "Power Lunch: How to Manage Generational Differences in Today's Workforce" from Food Processing.

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