While I haven't exactly walked in your shoes, the generational divide in my workplace is very obvious. I'll be 65 in December and am the oldest RN in "my" hospital. Many of the other nurses I work with are very young (mid-20s). To their credit, they are very kind to me; however, the work ethic of their generation isn't the same as that of my generation. I don't know how/when they can find the time to play on the internet and gossip and giggle about their leisure time activities, but they all seem to do it. As well, they've never been taught to pick up after themselves, which drives me absolutely bonkers.
Since management seems to be into all this "diversity" stuff, I've respectfully suggested that they might want to consider including some information on generational differences. Want to guess how far I got with that?
I suppose every generation has its complaints about the younger generations. It seems to go with the territory. So rather than get my knickers in a knot, I've decided to take early retirement and find something else to do. Being a hospital nurse has been a wonderful experience while it's lasted, but older nurses are not particularly valued. If they were, there would not be a nursing shortage.
I'm retired now, but my last five jobs were all at firms with mostly younger workers. It was great! I made some wonderful friends and created a great "network" thatt's lasted to this day. I love knowledge sharing, so I send around articles I think might be useful for certain people, knowing what their interests/situations are. I get feedback that my friends find it really helpful, because when you're working you just don't have time to sit down and read about topics that are timely and useful, but need to be searched out.
Also, being older gave me the opportunity to mentor others, which was a way to pay back the fine people who mentored me in my own early working years.
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