Topic 2 Similar ‘challenges’ between intergenerational learning and intergenerational workforce.

  • The main ‘challenge’ is to counter harmful stereotypes allocated to generations, replacing them with a deep understanding of why people may behave in unique and valuable ways that can complement and benefit each other.

Most Common Generation Groups: (Waldman, 2021)

  • The Silent Generation (born 1925 to 1945; stereotype: loyal but traditional)
  • Baby boomers (1946 to 1964; stereotype: collaborative but averse to change)
  • Generation X (1965 to 1980; stereotype: independent but bleak)
  • Millennials (1981 to 2000; stereotype: driven but entitled)
  • Generation Z (2001 to 2020; stereotype: progressive but disloyal)

How to Manage a Multi-Generational Team

Source: Professor Gerhardt – Home Of The Gentelligence Movement (


  • Apparently, we exhibit unique personality traits and values; however, professor Gerhardt(2020) explains that these generational stereotypes appear problematic, and we need to overcome age bias by developing mutual respect for one another. He suggests open approaches to balancing the different interests of different generations.

Some examples of open approaches:

  • Challenge individuals to go beyond simply accepting generational differences to leverage them proactively.
  • Learn how to navigate and celebrate generational diversity in every environment.
  • Learn how to collaborate with and appreciate unique preferences, habits, and behaviors.

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  • Challenge Harmful Generational Stereotypes

Intergenerational learning aims to combat stereotypes such as ageism and can assist in addressing demographic changes and bringing solidarity across the life cycle (Clyde Α., & Kerr Β., 2022).

What’s happening in the workforce about the generational cohorts has created a space where ‘generational gaps’ are dividing us more than they are uniting us, leaving an impression in which being born during a different period changes everything.

“A Feel of Generations at War” by Leah Georges (social psychologist) explains how generational stereotypes hold us back from building relationships. 

“… what if I told you these generations may not exist? ”

“ We are so much more similar than we are different. ”