DON’T MISS SAPRadio Changing the Game with HR Episode 7: “5 Generations of Workers Walk into an Office?” – on Changing the Game with HR Radio – August 18 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET –  Follow us on Twitter: #SAPRadio


This episode is part of a 10-episode SAP SuccessFactors radio series that started on May 26 and will continue to air every other Thursday at 11 AM PT/ 2 PM ET on the VoiceAmerica network Business Channel, SAP Radio Changing the Game with HR. The series will run through to the end of September and all shows will be recorded and available for download or playing via the website. Our previous show, “HR On-Premise: Should I stay or should I go?” is available here.

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At no other time in recorded business history have we experienced the reality of leading organizations with five unique generations, each with its own motivational and engagement needs, all working together. A lot of focus has been placed on the “threats” and “opportunities” associated with having so-called entitled digital natives, the Millennials, with baby-boomers who have an eye to retirement and little appetite for change, much media has helped created a culture of “or” instead of “and” in how we treat multiple generations in the workforce.  And somewhere in between are the Gen-Xers will traits from both generations.


Millennials have just become the largest generation on the planet. As HR and business leaders look to harness all available talent, a mindset shift away from a one-size fits all status quo approach, toward policies and practices that leverage strengths, needs, and supports lifestyles is needed. While HR departments are certainly used to enabling and assimilating new members of the workforce, doing so when also engaging workers traditionally considered part of the retirement population is a new challenge and opportunity.


A mindset shift is needed in which HR places value on creating new structures, employment package options, talent incentives, and development opportunities, and soft benefits such as vacation and leave policies act as levers from which multiple options can be chosen without disrupting business operations.


This radio program will explore why and how HR can adopt new perspectives and employ new programs that engage on the best multi-generational talent including:

  • How the topic of multiple generations may place too much emphasis on myths versus reality
  • Implications of the millennial effect on broader workforce strategies
  • What workforce strategies work for one generation but inhibit others
  • Why leaders should consider multiple generations as part of their diversity and inclusion business imperative


Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she talks with panelists:

To learn about transforming HR for the digital workforce go www.successfactors.com 

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