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What differences have you seen among the baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials in your workplace?

Posted Mar 5, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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Poll: What's your generation?

This poll ended on Wed, March 26, 2014 - 12:00:33.

Results

  • Generation X (1961-1981)
    405 votes (42.81%)
  • Baby Boom Generation (1943-1960)
    260 votes (27.48%)
  • Millennial Generation (1982-2004)
    249 votes (26.32%)
  • Silent Generation (1925-1942)
    18 votes (1.9%)
  • G.I. "Greatest" Generation (1901-1924)
    14 votes (1.48%)
Total Votes: 946

Last week, law firm marketing director Heather Morse wrote about how the changing of the guard, generation-wise, is affecting the legal industry.

"Gen Xers do not have faith that 'it' (permanent financial success and security) will actually happen, and are therefore willing to take their clients to another firm to have their financial needs today met," she wrote at The Legal Watercooler. She can see differences between Gen-Xers like herself, the early baby boomers and the late baby boomers in law firm partner positions.

This week, we'd like to ask you: What differences have you seen among the baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials in your workplace? If you have had co-workers from the "silent" and "G.I." generations, please also feel free to share your thoughts. And please acknowledge your biases by sharing in your response what generation you identify with. (For the poll responses, we used on the Strauss-Howe generational cycle dates, but we realize the Pew Center and other sources have slightly different start-and-end dates.)

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week's question: If a biopic was made of your legal life, what would be on your movie poster?

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Posted by Hon. E. Bee: "He learned to love the law—but it was a one-sided affair …"

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