Generational conflicts impacting workplace productivity in the UK and US

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Workplaces are hive centers of variety in today’s fast-paced global economy, not only in terms of skill sets and backgrounds but also in terms of age composition. The relationships between various age groups in the working have long been of interest, and new research has highlighted the negative effects that generational conflicts may have on worker productivity. In the US and the UK, generational conflicts have been connected to decreased workplace productivity, according to a PR Newswire study. This suggests that firms urgently need to confront and manage intergenerational dynamics.

The study conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in collaboration with global consulting firm, Protiviti uncovered a significant correlation between intergenerational conflicts and declining productivity. The survey involved employees from various companies.The study’s findings highlight the need of organizations resolving these issues peacefully in order to establish a workplace atmosphere that promotes collaboration and productivity.

Key findings were:

  • According to a survey, 25% of employees reported experiencing low productivity.
  • Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers, across generations, report low levels of productivity at 37%, 30%, 22%, and 14%, respectively.
  • There is a decrease in productivity among employees with a larger age gap between them and their managers. There is nearly 1.5 times as much risk of low productivity among those with managers over 12 years senior to them.
  • According to generations, productivity and career advancement are dependent on certain skills. A good listener, a good time manager, and a good judge and decision-maker make up the top three skills.
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The effects of generational conflicts

The data speaks for itself: a startling 83% of workers in the UK and a noteworthy 76% of workers in the US reported encountering generational conflicts at work. These conflicts can take many different shapes, from divergent views on technology and career progression to disparities in communication and work styles. Teams that experience such dissension may find it difficult to collaborate, be creative, or be productive.

The millennial dilemma: A force for transformation

The emergence of the millennial workforce, whose unique ideals and aspirations frequently conflict with those of older generations, is at the core of generational conflicts. It’s expected that millennials will account for 75% of the global workforce by 2025, thus it’s more important than ever to bridge the generational divide. In contrast to common misconceptions, millennials are a diverse group of people with a wide range of abilities and viewpoints, including a strong desire for meaningful employment, digital savvy, and flexibility. A culture of ongoing learning and development may be promoted and organizational performance can be increased by skillfully utilizing these qualities.

Taking down obstacles: Success techniques

In order to fully use a diverse workforce, how can organizations manage the difficulties of intergenerational dynamics? Here are some crucial tactics to think about:

  • Promote open dialogue: Promote direct, honest communication between generations, giving staff members a forum to voice their opinions and close knowledge gaps.
  • Encourage collaboration: Provide avenues for intergenerational cooperation and mentoring so that staff members may benefit from one other’s experiences and knowledge.
  • Embrace flexibility: Recognize and accommodate differences in work styles and preferences, offering flexible work arrangements and technology solutions that cater to the needs of all generations.
  • Invest in development: Give employees access to continuous training and development opportunities that are catered to the various learning styles of various generations. This will enable them to advance their careers and remain relevant in a setting that is changing quickly.
  • Lead by example: Establish a respectful, compassionate, and inclusive culture at all levels of the organization. Leaders should act as positive role models for positive intergenerational interaction.


Having employees from different generations in the workplace can be both an opportunity for growth and creativity and a task for companies that are trying to figure out how to handle it all. By fostering a culture of cooperation, reciprocity, and ongoing learning, businesses can use the unique skills of each generation to boost future output, creativity, and wealth. 

Let’s work together to close the gap and get the most out of having people from different generations work together.

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