World War Z? The Impact of Multiple Generations on Campus

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World War Z? The Impact of Multiple Generations on Campus

Learn more about each generation and the impact their work styles are having on higher education.


With more generations in the workplace than ever before, there is no shortage of jokes, social media flurry, and casual speculation about the Millennials in your team meeting or the Boomer down the hall. Interestingly, while we love to discuss these topics, very few people actually know what their differences are beyond vague stereotypes like “work ethic” and “quiet quitting.” Many of these conversations also lack the nuance that includes a judgement-free understanding of why the generations are different.

This session will demystify the strengths and weaknesses of each generation, confirm that your favorite 15-year-old TikTok influencer is not a millennial, and provide you with information that you can use to navigate the varying work styles, expectations, and communication patterns that you encounter across generations in your everyday context.

Who should attend?

This session has been designed to benefit all faculty and staff—if you work in higher education and interact with students and/or multi-generational colleagues on a daily basis, this training is for you.


An Overview of Generations Currently in the Workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Xennials, Millennials, and Gen Z
In this section, we’ll unpack the perceived strengths and weaknesses of each generation and highlight opportunities for cross-generational collaboration and understanding.

Loyalty and Workplace Expectations Across Generations
Some generations are portrayed as being more loyal than others. However, upon further review, researchers are finding that there are simply generational differences in where our individual loyalties lie. In this section, you will learn about these nuances as well as their potential implications for how each generation interfaces with their employer.

What We Know about Generation Alpha
Generation Alpha consists of those born between 2010 and 2024. They are already beginning to shape social media trends and—as the future college-going generation—are important to understand.