Traditionalists. Baby Boomers. Gen Xers. Millennials. While these terms are merely descriptors for specific generations, they can seem almost pejorative in a workplace context. That’s because these groups bring their unique priorities and communication styles to work; and when they interact, the result is often miscommunication and decreased productivity.
For indexers, who mostly enjoy autonomy and a buffer zone from corporate drama, generation gaps may seem like a remote concern. But as the world at large—and the world of work, in particular—gets smaller and moves faster, we can stay adaptable and relevant by expanding both our perspectives and our skill sets.
In the Millennial-driven digital landscape, for example, we can foster positive collaboration with editors, publishers, and authors by embracing their key technologies and learning to “speak their language.” In turn, we may enjoy more success in our repeat business and in our marketing efforts. The following books offer practical advice for surviving and thriving in the twenty-first century workplace.