message that is being sent out is in a language foreign to
the Nexters and they are paying the price for our error.
Boomers think Nexters need to be more disciplined
and the Gen X-ers think Nexters are self-absorbed,
spoiled brats. The truth is the Nexters want to get along,
not just “hang out,” and they like to “network.” They are
a principled group, well mannered and want to fit in.
They are optimistic about the future and realistic about
the present. They combine the can-do attitude of the
Veterans and the teamwork ethic of the Boomers with a
technological savvy the Gen X-ers admire.
There is evidence that the Nexters are more easily
intimidated by co-workers and they may need more
supervision doing otherwise simple common-sense tasks.
They would appreciate a workplace with more structure
and require discipline, and this will be a big change for a
workplace that has just learned to adapt to the Gen X-ers
who were exactly the opposite. We spent the last 15 years
re-shaping our workplace for the Gen X-ers and we need
to recognize the need for further change to accommodate
the Nexters. n
Glyn Jones is an occupational health and safety consultant and
leadership coach. He is a Partner in EHS Partnerships Ltd.,
This article originally appeared in Contact, the publication
of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers. It is reprinted
called Gen Y). The reality is that the way each group likes
to communicate and be heard is different.
The Veterans and Boomers are in charge of the
boardrooms of corporate Canada. The Boomers and the
Gen X-ers are the frontline managers and supervisors.
There exists an ominous cavern between the Nexters
and their managers and supervisors at work. It is the
Boomers and the Gen X-ers that need to learn to speak a
new language and be heard by the Nexters. The current
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H E A LT H A N D S A F E T Y
How can you talk to Nexters about
health and safety and be sure they
are listening and hearing you?
Follow these simple suggestions.
• Talk to them more often, and budget more time for orientation
and instruction on seemingly everyday tasks (remember, these
young people grew up in front of computers).
• Provide strong leadership and mentorship to guide them through
the first six months. Consider matching your most seasoned
people with them – it is probably a natural fit!
• Recognize the communication gap between Gen X-ers and
Nexters and help them bridge it.
• Provide training, training and training. Nexters not only want the
training, they need it!
• The problem of youth injuries is real and communication is the
key to solving this problem. We need to start customizing our
communication methods and processes for all of the generations
are work – including the Nexters!
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