Keep Gen-Xers Engaged

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Generation X may be a smaller population than Baby Boomers or Millennials, but it wields great influence in today’s organizations. People in this generation are the all-important bench strength for aging leadership. To keep them around, here’s how to keep them engaged.

  • Develop corporate chameleons. Gen-Xers like to continually learn. Rotate promising employees through different functions on a regular schedule. This will keep things fresh and prep them for leadership roles that require broad experience.
  • Bring them out of the shadows. Put Xers in charge of high-visibility projects to spotlight their abilities, or partner them with Baby Boomers who can enhance their careers.
  • Test their wings. Many Xers have an entrepreneurial spirit. Foster this interest by letting them take responsibility for a company-sponsored venture.

Adapted from “Don’t Dismiss Your Gen X Talent” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

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