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Gen-X and gen-y: Teaching Them the Business

How to bridge the age gap between older and younger workers in the utility industry.
Fortnightly Magazine - June 2004

the new workforce tasks and responsibilities in line with the time frame they believe is appropriate (with proper supervision at the start, in case they prove to be a little too self-assured). Both of these in turn satisfy the newer generations' need for a more rapid pace in the learning environment.

And as for variety and unpredictability-well, could these young men and women have chosen a better place and time to begin their careers than in the utility industry at the start of the 21st century?


  1. As a transmission company executive succinctly points out, "Most 47-year-old lineman simply can't perform the same work as easily as a 27-year-old one." Also, when older workers get hurt, their work time lost in recovery is much greater; between ages 19 to 29, the average days lost is 10.4, but the average days lost for those 50 to 59 is 47.5. Minter, Stephen G., "Ergonomic Challenge: The Aging Work Force," , September 2002.
  2. El-Shamy, Susan, Pfeiffer and Co., 2004, p. 15.
  3. , pp. 14-15.

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Born between WWII and the early 1960s: Baby Boomers;
Born between the early 1960s and the late 1970s: GenXers (a.k.a. Baby Busters);
Born in and after the late 1970s: Bridgers (a.k.a. Gen-Y, Millennials, Generation Next).