Many authors have identified different years that describe the generations, a history page says baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 give or take 5 years on either end. It’s fascinating to read how the baby boomers got started!
Right now, the boomers are well-established in their careers and hold positions of power and authority. This generational segment constitutes a large majority of today’s law firm leaders, corporate executives, senior paralegals and legal managers. In fact, nearly 70 percent of law firm partners are Baby Boomers.
Labor statistics indicate that nearly 80 million Baby Boomers will exit the workplace in the next decade. These employees are retiring at the rate of 8,000 per day or more than 300 per hour.
This unprecedented loss of skilled labor in the legal profession, consisting largely of partners, executives, senior support staff, legal managers and other legal thought leaders, may dramatically impact the legal industry.
I love this 1950 kids slide show to Bucky Covington Song “A Different World”.
The Boomers also have a wild side! There is a wonderful website for the aging hipsters! Here you’ll see Jimmy Buffett (a true boomer born Dec 25, 1946) sing, “We Our The People Our Parents Warned Us About”.
Baby Boomers are confident, independent and self-reliant. This generation grew up in an era of reform and believed they can change the world.
They questioned established authority systems and challenged the status quo. In the legal workplace, Baby Boomers are not afraid of confrontation and will not hesitate to challenge established practices.
Baby Boomers are extremely hardworking and motivated by position, perks and prestige. Baby Boomers relish long work weeks and define themselves by their professional accomplishments.
Since they sacrificed a great deal to get where they are in their career, this workaholic generation believes that Generation X and Generation Y should pay their dues and conform to a culture of overwork. Baby Boomers may criticize younger generation for a lack of work ethic and commitment to the workplace.
Baby Boomers as a group, are goal oriented with increased educational and financial opportunities than previous generations, Baby Boomers are achievement-oriented, dedicated and career-focused. They welcome exciting, challenging projects and strive to make a difference. They are not afraid of technology being the largest demographic on facebook!
Have you seen your generation yet? I’ve written about Baby Boomers, Gen X and the Y Generation. Next time it will be the Generation before it all!The Silent Generation or Veterans.
Following that, we’ll look at this historical time we’re in - Four Generations In The Workforce! I hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘history lesson’ as much as I have! Tell me what you think? What generation are you in, give or take 5 years!