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From Baby Boomers To Gen X To Millennials To Gen Z: Here’s How IT Leaders Can Leverage Each Generation’s Strengths

C.J. Fairfield

‘The important thing to remember about generations is you may have an issue with a particular generation, but every generation moves this country forward. They just do it in their own way, and that’s good,’ says Scott Lesnick, global leadership keynote speaker and author, at the Midsize Enterprise Summit.

Scott Lesnick, a global leadership keynote speaker, author and trainer, is convinced that the foundation of any business is IT and human resources.

“Without IT, good luck. Without HR, you‘re in trouble,” Lesnick said. “These two are the foundation that grows everything as a company.”

Lesnick spoke at CRN parent company The Channel Company’s Midsize Enterprise Summit in Orlando, Fla., this week to teach IT leaders how to best leverage a workforce that may span four generations.

Lesnick’s goal is to help companies navigate those generations, build connections and grow as a workplace.

Twenty-five percent of the U.S. workforce today is baby boomers, 33 percent is Gen X, 35 percent is millennials and only 5 percent is Gen Z because half of that population is children.

But by 2030, 33 percent of the U.S. workforce is projected to be Gen Z, 41 percent is expected to be made up of millennials, 25 percent is projected to be Gen X and 1.5 percent is expect to be baby boomers.

“When we’re talking with folks in the workplace and when we’re having conversations, it’s not one size fits all,” he said. “We’re not all from the same place. We’re not all from the same city, state or country, but we are from the same planet.”

Antonio Albeshelani, CTO of PSL Group, a consulting firm in Montreal, Quebec, said it’s important to learn about how to leverage various generations in the workforce.

“I think it’s becoming more and more important, especially with Gen Z,” he told CRN. “If companies are capable to capture the Gen Z [mindset], they will be able to get a lot of good resources, be creative and have a lot of innovative resources and opportunities.”

To successfully blend the generations in the workplace, Lesnick said to create a personal connection with each generation’s workers, adding that there are seven things that connect all four generations: respect, listening, looking at the big picture, communication, mentoring and training, new ideas and positive feedback.

Lesnick broke down each generation and how companies can leverage each one’s strengths to move business forward. Here’s what he had to say during his keynote at the Midsize Enterprise Summit.

 
C.J. Fairfield

CJ Fairfield is an associate editor at CRN covering solution providers, MSPs and distributors. Prior to joining CRN, she worked at daily newspapers, including The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey and The Frederick News-Post in Maryland. She can be reached at cfairfield@thechannelcompany.com.

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