Andrea Schneider posted an update in the group Who Runs the Show? A Cross-Generational Conversation 7 years, 10 months ago
Andrew, I’m so glad you posted this here. Also, Emily for bringing it up. I don’t know if what she described is conscious behavior or simply commonly accepted and being demonstrated in new ways. It’s always been hard to deal with insidious, passive aggressive type behavior in the workplace.
Like you I find it disturbing and worrisome. I have heard so many instances of very simple examples of this like when the younger person simply doesn’t respond to a phone call or email, even when it directly relates to a work in progress. It defies the basic rules of politeness, leaving the older or excluded employee wondering what to do, how to find out, guessing, upset and unnecessarily worrying about “what have I done wrong”? How can work get done when normal requests, especially not in person, are ignored? What is social media enabling, as much as it can be useful.
The notion of cliques, clans and clusters in the workplace isn’t new either. But the use of social media, combined with generational differences is new. We know different generations have varying comfort levels with technology. Is this being exploited to exclude people?
I’m not sure how to discuss this topic, but I really think it’s relevant! At a time when we need our public work force to work together, things like this only set people apart, make them feel crazy and is so unnecessary.
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