Gen X-ers are currently aged 28-43 and have been in the workforce for anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Many of them have risen to positions of power and authority; they’ve done so by being dedicated to the task-at-hand and achieving measurable results. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when you’re working for a Gen X-er.
Take Compliments Seriously
Gen X-ers are inherently scrupulous and cautious by nature. When a Gen X-er gives you a compliment, they really mean it. Gen X-ers were raised in an environment in which compliments weren’t handed out freely, therefore, they really have an impact when they are used. This also means that you should be careful about handing out compliments or criticisms to your Gen X boss. Remember that everything you say or do has significant meaning for your Gen X manager, so be mindful of that as you choose your words.
Gen X-ers will have a clear expectation of what you need to accomplish. If that’s not communicated clearly to you, there could be some ensuing trouble. Gen X-ers are known for being incredibly self-reliant and not necessarily great at collaboration or communication. In order to avoid workplace tension, ask your Gen X manager what his or her expectations are from you. This could be in general at work, for a specific task, or in a particular instance. However, you must know that in order to be on the same page, you will need to ask them to clarify.
Gen X-ers are skeptical, analytical, and dedicated to getting the current task-at-hand completed before moving on to the next one. Because of this, Gen X-ers tend to analyze a lot before they make a move and usually only take calculated risks. If you’re working for a Gen X-er, you should expect to have your work analyzed intensely by your manager. This isn’t necessarily a reflection on you or your work quality; rather, it’s a way for them to check and make sure the job can be completed to satisfy the way they want.
If you aren’t someone who does well with analysis, make sure to check in with them proactively instead of having them come to you with an unresolved question. If you have the opportunity to work for a Gen X-er, you should take it. You will learn a lot about prioritizing, being independent, and decision-making.
If you contact Award Staffing, we can help you figure out the assets and skillsets you should discuss when interviewing with your potential Gen X boss.
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