Maybe you are in the market for a new job. Job seekers these days have many factors to decide upon when determining which job will be best for them. This may include understanding the responsibilities of the position, qualification requirements, work hours, salary, company sustainability, and the overall culture of the organization. Each of these components can be very influential in deciding if you will apply and interview for a position and overall if you will accept a job offer. Although there are many factors you will need to identify which are most important to you within your job search, many more job seekers are paying more and more attention to the culture of an organization. In this economy an organizations workforce can be very diverse consisting of workers in all generations. Therefore, it is essential if the culture of an organization is most important to you, you understand how the organizations culture and diverse workforce can impact your tenure with an organization as well as how the culture can influence the structure and policies within the company.
By understanding the dynamics of the company you are applying to you are able to identify how the structure of that company may only appeal to a specific generation. Additionally, recent changes made within the organization may further indicate implementations appealing to a certain generation. Typically this information can be found in the job description or on the company website. Recruiters will often highlight specific factors to attract a certain type of employee such as mentioning promotion opportunities, vacation, benefits, flexible work hours, and non-traditional work options. Keep in mind the type of position as well as the industry can influence these factors therefore it does not necessarily indicate the organization is tailored to a specific generation of employees.
Mindtools (http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_59.htm) discusses some of the significant distinctions in a multigenerational workforce. Traditional Generation (1922-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1976), Gen Y “Millenials” (1977-1998). With each generation comes varied work styles and work ethics which can greatly influence the environment of the workplace. Needless to say, each generation has distinct work values contributing to the functionality of a department and the overall company. Although the Traditional Generation is phasing out of the workforce, there remains to be a presence of Traditionalists within the workforce. Traditionalists are known for their commitment, dedication, respect, and hard work. Nevertheless, as this generation fades out of the workforce, Baby Boomers have remained to be dominant adopting work ethics and principles companies rely upon. For example, Baby Boomers believe long hours equates to hard work and eventually the ability to move up the corporate ladder. Oftentimes, baby boomers will demonstrate a sense of loyalty to their career, the company, and the people they work with. Gen X and Y place emphasis on work and life balance. These individuals seek rewarding and stimulating work. Furthermore, value is placed on cultural diversity and team work.
Needless to say, working with diverse generations within the workplace can be challenging (http://www.forbes.com). Therefore, it is essential to weigh your options if you are in the job market pursuing your next career opportunity. It’s a matter of deciding if this will be a long term or short term gig, a company you can grow in, if you can impact change, and rather or not you can acclimate to the culture which can be defined within your purpose and objective of pursuing a job. Keep in mind, not all companies are a good fit for every applicant. Actually within the recruitment process, interviewers will determine if the applicant can fit into the culture of the organization. Overall, understanding the components of the generation square can make or break a job offer you are contemplating over.
Although the job market can pose many risks you still have options to choose the right employer for you. Assessing these various components of a business can assist you in making an informed decision, accepting the right job offer, and will allow you to fit into the organizations culture and generation square.