When 4 Generations of IT Collide

Wednesday Jul 14th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

A new report examines the impact of age on managing IT workers.

CIOInsight: A new study by staffing firm TEKsystems examines the impact of age in the IT workplace. It finds that 73 percent of IT workers are under the age of 45, and that four generations of IT workers often exist alongside each other in the IT department:

  • Silent Generation (born 1922 – 1946): 1%
  • Baby Boomers (born 1946 - 1964): 26%
  • Generation X (born 1964 – 1980): 52%
  • Millennials / Generation Y (born 1980 – 2000): 21%

The differing needs and expectations of each of those groups pose challenges for managing and recruiting new staff. “Businesses and IT leaders will need to make adjustments to their resource management strategies to accommodate the varied demographics of their workforce,” says TEKsystems VP of Professional Development, Matt Hannigan. “You can’t expect to manage a new generation by old standards. Leaders will need to be vigilant in understanding what’s important to workers, what they expect, what inspires them and what stifles their passion.”

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