When I meet with Herman Miller’s customers to talk about the different generations in the workplace, I usually face a group that represents the focus of our discussion. This group includes Baby Boomers, GenXers, and Millennials who work together.
A Baby Boomer might be the leader, a Millennial the established expert, and a GenXer the newest member of the group. Or perhaps the Millennial is the leader of the group and the Boomer is the expert?
I’ve learned not to assume anything about anybody. Keeping an open mind about others should apply to our dealings with the world beyond the workplace, but it often takes an eye-opening experience to realize this.
My eyes get opened all the time.