Connecting Generations in the Workplace

This is the first time in history we have had four generations in the workplace, which has its benefits and its complications.  In the regulatory field, you are required to work with these four generations in various capacities.  You could decide that your way is the best way, expecting everyone to conform to your approach. However, this is probably not very realistic.  By understanding and developing an appreciation for how each generation approaches the different elements in the workplace, such as communication, decision-making, expectations, family, feedback, policies, and their view of the world, you can determine the best way to work together across the generations. This webinar presents synthesized research on generations by providing it in an easy to reference format for future use.  It will include the characteristics that have shaped each generation and will then summarize how generations approach different elements of the workplace by providing an explanation for why generations do what they do.  A resource list for further reading on this subject will be provided.


  • Explain characteristics of the four generational groups found in the workplace.
  • Identify how the generations approach things in the workplace.
  • Develop a plan for working with the different generations in the workplace.       
Tara Orlowski has been a member of NARA for several years.  She is currently serving as an At-Large Board member and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Tara has been in the child care field for twenty years in various capacities, including direct services, regulatory services, and higher education.  In addition to being an instructional designer and early childhood consultant, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in special education, with an emphasis in early childhood education program administration from the University of Florida.  Her interest in generations in the workplace began several years ago when she was consulting with a few directors on personnel issues.  At the same time, she was also working with faculty members who were struggling to reach the four generations in their classroom.  In both situations, she found that helping individuals understand the characteristics of the four generations led to an increase in their ability to work cohesively.

While this speaker has been carefully chosen by NARA to present relevant information to our members, the views and opinions expressed in this webinar, unless expressly stated otherwise, are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NARA.
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