3 main differences between millennials and their successors?
We always talk to our readers about millennials and, more than once, we have compared them to former generations, but what about the people born after the year 2002?
Meagan Johnson gave us some relevant information. As a generational expert and author of the book “From Boomers to Linksters: Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work,” she defines anyone born after 2002 as part of the “Linkster” generation, also called Generation Z, or simply Gen Z.
In an interview with Independent in April, Johnson highlighted three main differences between millennials and Linksters.
1. The attitude towards technology
“I chose the term Linkster Generation because it is the first generation to be linked into technology from day one,” Johnson claimed. Although millennials brought technology into the cultural focus and are considered the generation that prefers texts instead of calls, the expert pointed out that Linksters will be more prone to difficulties during face-to-face communication. In order to avoid the risk of miscommunication, she said it is crucial to teach them the importance of real-life conversation and the skill of face-to-face communication.
2. The family structure
“The generational difference being it is no longer the traditional woman staying at home. More and more Gen X dads are choosing to stay home with their children,” Johnson said.
3. Tolerance and social acceptance
“Just like the Millennial Generation was a more accepting generation, the Linkster Generation will take the idea of different lifestyles to a whole new level.” According to Johnson’s studies on generation changes, as every age group is believed to get more progressively liberal and tolerant, Linksters will be highly socially aware and accepting.
Ultimately, she underlined another aspect that needs attention when talking about generations: Each of them has a habit of unfairly demonizing its successor.
“We use the same negative words to describe every generation as it enters the workplace. But when we do it, what we really are describing is a frustration to understand the skillset that younger people are bringing into the workplace.”
To foster cohesiveness, Johnson suggested to avoid the pre-conceived judgements of “the way it should be done,” thinking instead about new ways in which it “can be done.”