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Running on Empty - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2019

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M illennials are lazy, entitled narcissists. Baby Boomers are tech-illiterate dinosaurs too set in their ways to learn any- thing new. These tired stereotypes are not only patently false, they're also dangerous — especially in the stress-filled surgical arena where several generations of nurses and other skilled staff must work side by side. Here's how to ensure generational differences don't derail the productivity, morale and even retention rates at your facili- ty. Recognize the differences. As a surgical facility leader who oversees 2, 3 or sometimes even 4 (Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z) generations, it's up to you to under- stand what makes each group tick. • Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964). The largest economic group in the workforce, Baby Boomers are often seen as "worka- holics." They tend to seek structure and believe rules must be followed (unless they disagree with said rules on principle). Boomers measure work ethic by hours worked, value team- 1 Bridging the Generation Gap Can Boomers and Millennials work side by side in harmony? Staffing Karen Rowan, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 3 • WORKAHOLICS Baby Boomer nurses value hard work and loyalty — and tend to forget what it's like when you're just starting out.

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