Optimizing the Multi-Generational Workforce

Helping Employers Optimize the Multi-Generational Workforce.

Several law firms have provided excellent Continuing Legal Ed programs in response to COVID19.  Morgan Lewis https://www.morganlewis.com/ is one of those firms.

Today’s post was prompted by their 05/05/2020 program: Preparing for the New Workplace Paradigm: A Roadmap for Employers in the Time of COVID19.

Please also see my 5/27/2020 post How do you Know you Have an Enforceable Online Contract?

Think “Projects, Not Jobs.”

Younger generation workers tend to think more in terms opportunities to work on interesting projects. My generation (Baby Boomer) has typically thought in terms of full-time employment with one company for at least a few years at a time.

Companies that embrace a “Projects, Not Jobs” approach can choose the best people for a project without an awkward “now what?” once the project ends.

Workers who embrace that approach can choose the companies that are the best fit for their short-term project interests.

What are the Attributes of the Multi-Generational Workplace?

The Multi-Generational Workplace has people with widely diverse skills and interests.

Employers need to help each generation appreciate the other.

Traditional approaches to workplace education are being abandoned. Now, the key concept is continuous learning.

There is a corresponding rise in virtual coaching. Coaches arise from within and from outside of the organization.

Employees are more focused on what they can experience and learn.

Employee engagement is more vital than ever.

Desirable Employers are the ones who “Embrace the Extracurriculars.”

  • Let people learn to code after hours yet still on the clock.
  • Encourage and facilitate volunteering.
  • Publicize opportunities for youth sports coaching

Automation of Menial/Repetitive Tasks is Accelerating.

Employers need to develop a coherent strategy for transitioning to automation. They need to proactively re-skill workers so they can remain relevant.


Your leadership team needs to work together in selecting and implementing ideas such as these.  Please invite a business-savvy lawyer to help you manage the employment law and other risks that often accompany workplace change!

Thank you!

Michael Oswald



Please note: the above post contains educational information. It is not intended as legal advice. Engage an attorney who is licensed in your state to get advice on dealing with any specific legal issue.

© 2020 Michael S. Oswald

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