Jun 10, 2020
Many of us are adjusting to new patterns in the workplace. As a result, we may well clash with other generations. Why, for instance, does that Boomer accountant insist on using the noisy adding machine, when Microsoft Excel will do the job more quickly and quietly? How irritating is the Gen Z intern, with all her Zoom meetings? How can we manage the fear of adapting to new workplace realities?
Dr. Joanna Massey Dodd, Ph.D., navigates these questions and scenarios in her book Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace. Dr. Massey, a C-level communications executive with an MBA and a Ph.D. in Psychology, is also a generational expert who has spent more than 25 years working alongside Millennials and other younger people. With humorous and candid prose, Culture Shock explores how certain generational contexts make a 25-year-old so different from a 60-year-old, explains why human beings are hardwired to resist change, and breaks the news to her own cantankerous Gen X, Baby Boomer and Silent Generation colleagues that the virtual army of young people will not adapt to the old ways. It must be the other way around.
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