We all know about the Baby Boomers and Millennials sure get a lot of attention. YTou’re skipping another group and that is a mistake

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I coach people and organizations to be more effective. That can be in terms of job search, hiring, managing, being more effective in the workplace. Title? I hope you get this as I talk about it, it's about skipping a generation.

You see, the Boomers, of course, are the older group in the workforce, and they're not moving out so fast, obviously. They like working. Millennials, "the me generation," they got criticized pretty early on, but, I think, business has kind of gotten acclimated to that. They've learned that, as digital natives, many of these turn into fantastic people in their work environment, given the new means of communications, marketing, etc.

The generation that's getting passed over was Gen X. Gen X was, from a chronology standpoint, I believe it's 1964, or 65, to 1979 is when they were born. They're older at this point. They're not kids. They're mature individuals who've acclimated to the workplace. Generally, these are individuals who are managing larger groups than the Millennials are. Yet the preference in hiring seems to be with millennials, because many of the Gen X people, they're not slackers, although that was the original promotion about them.

What they are is diligent, hard working, putting in the effort, nose to the grindstone kind of people that they've been conditioned to become now that they've entered the workforce. Or, I shouldn't say, now that they've entered the workforce. Now that they've been fully incorporated into the workforce. What you need to be doing is thinking a little bit differently about your corporate population.

You need to look at folks as to who they are and what they can deliver. You can't let your ageism for this population, get in the way. And, think in terms of "Ooh, new young, fresh millennials, and skip over this group , because they've earned it. They've earned the opportunities and, frankly, if you want to lose them, you keep ignoring them. If you don't care, at least give them the courtesy that they have a limited career upside within your organization.

Be honest with how you assess them. talk with them about places where they can use improvement if that's what the issue is. Guide them in the proper directions. Be the leader that you claim to be by leading your people and inspiring them to take action. You don't have to light a flame under these people. Seriously, they are already working hard. And, if you keep passing them over, you're going to wind up with skills deficiencies in your organization that I know you don't want to have but they're going to leave you.

Help them instead of passing them over.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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