Generation Y (1982–92), which has the highest level of education, is characterised by high levels of unemployment, precarious jobs and emigration. Members of the generation work in jobs that do not correspond to their education but we want to retain them all the same. This is the first digital and hyper-connected generation, one that gave birth to the idea of working wherever and whenever you want, with the office losing its traditional importance.
Finally, there is Generation Z (1993–2010). This generation is the most aware of the changes taking place and its mastery of technology and learning are revered by other generations. Its strengths include mobility, entrepreneurship and teamwork, while its weaknesses include excessive ego.
“There is no disputing,” remarks the observatory, “that an organisation’s knowledge lies in its people but we need tools to transfer this knowledge while understanding, attracting and managing new generations who will be the drivers of change.”
There are three key aspects to the challenge of intergenerational collaboration: organisational culture, technology and the workplace. Offering a range of collaborative spaces to foster relationships between all a company’s employees represents a major step forward.