Bridging Generations

Generational differences motivate clients and lawyers. Marketing, recruiting, and supervising can be more effective when adjusted for these differences. See below for a list of generational differences and resources for accommodating them.

Silent Generation (ages 79 to 99; born 1925 to 1945)
Grew up during the depression and lived through World War II. Prefer paper and low tech. Hardworking, loyal, and respectful. May need legal assistance with legal aspects of elder care and elder abuse.

Baby Boomers (ages 60 to 78; born 1946 to 1964)
Born during the golden age of television. Veterans of Korean and Vietnam wars. Known for strong work ethic, loyalty to employers, and professionalism. May need estate planning for themselves and for family members with special needs Constitutes about 25% of the workforce.

Generation X (ages 43 to 59; born 1965 to 1980)
Declining birthrates and advent of personal computers. Lived during Watergate, Arab Oil Embargo, and Aids Crisis. Increasing exposure to daycare and divorce. Extremely independent and seek work-life balance. Represents approximately 31% of the workforce.

Generation Y (ages 27 to 42; born 1981 to 1996)
Also known as Millennials. Exposed to growing violence in schools. Lived through 9/11 and the Iraq War. Tech savvy, risk takers. Slow to leave home and marry. Prioritizes work-life balance and values diversity, praise, professionalism, and remote work. Makes up 35% of the workforce.

Generation Z (ages 13 to 26; born 1997 to 2010)
Also known as iGen. Proficient with social media, smartphones, and tablets at an early age. Greater exposure to violence. Indulged by parents more than other generations. Less loyalty and seeks others with similar beliefs. Values autonomy, health, honesty, and stability. Accustomed to using virtual assistants like Alexa, Cortana, and Siri. Represents about 5% of the workforce.

Generation Alpha (ages <13; born after 2010)
Saturated with digital devices and social media. Coronavirus shut-in adversely impacts socialization. Values skills training and dislikes risk. Texting prioritized over voice communication.



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