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Working with multigenerational project teams has taught me that commitment is a common attribute for team members of every generation.

But every team member approaches commitment in a different way. Different generations place different values on pursuing work-life balance.

A strong work ethic is a characteristic of the older members of the project team, part of the silent generation. Members of this generation tend to want to work a reduced number of hours to be able to devote time to personal activities.

Baby boomers, the generation referred to as workaholics, consider work a high priority and greatly value teamwork. In my opinion, they are focused on their achievements and are willing to work long hours to achieve project success.

Generation X is good at controlling their time. This generation has a desire to control and set a career path, personal ambitions and work time.

Generation Y is driven by a strong preference for work-life balance. Many Gen Yers look for jobs that provide them great personal fulfillment.

In my opinion, one of our tasks as project managers is to find ways to shed the stress in our project team members' lives. Part of that is to better understand the work-life balance needs of team members from different generations.

To bring a better work-life balance to any generation, define more accurate project schedules based on flexibility, telecommuting and time off.

Tell us about actions you have adopted to meet project goals and still accommodate team members' work-life balance needs.

 

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Thanks for the article. I think there are certainly times when tensions are created as a result of the outlooks of the various team members from different generations.

The key is to find ways to challenge and motivate people from all of these different generations. As a Gen X/Y (on edge between two) I can relate to the desire to have increased flexibility when working on projects that allows me to pursue a work-life balance. I've seen over and over that more senior members of teams try to impose their views on younger members and it just doesn't work. It creates resentment, discontent and eventually people just move on to greener pastures. All generations bring different positive things to the table - the challenge of leaders is to find ways to nurture these things leading to a more effective team environment.

Thank you,
But in my opinion, it also depends on the personality,culture and seniority of team members.there are many factors that affect this issue.
Maybe if other factors are freezed,then we say it's correct.

This is a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing these facts!

We also believe that work/life balance is crucial for people leading busy lives. As a team with members located in different areas, we stay in close contact through collaborative tools. We recognize the needs of each individual and maintain close communication so that we are in sync with each other when some members take time off or work remotely.

Each project has another different characteristic and difficulties. To meet the project goals, We must applied the stress management for our team. Because, if the project goes to tight we must control our stress, otherwise our plan will be out of control.
Each member of team no need to work onsite, provided that the target of each team can be achieved according to schedule. So communicating is a most common thing of project succeed.


We have implemented a co-location method where all the team members gathered in the war room, shared the ideas when problems arise during coding, testing.

We took the heavy load off through work shift schedule and work from home options and comp time off for the extra hours of work once that project been live to make the team members feel better about their dedication and achievements.

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