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By Todd Beck
I'm not sure what you expected to read under that headline - especially from a 44-year "old person" - but let me debunk a myth.
I recently read a 2007 study (a very rigorous one) by Southeast Missouri State University that found that, contrary to what the literature is saying, when you compare older workers to millennials, measures such as perceived satisfaction, learning, and motivation of the generations are more homogeneous than different.
That really should be no surprise. I'm a GenX, you're a Millenial, she's a Boomer, but all of us are human - always have been, always will be.
What I found especially interesting was that the study said older workers might have more interaction with instructors and other participants face-to-face, and are more likely to have an online learning plan. So that made me wonder if technology is the difference or if older workers are somehow more willing to invest in structure and follow-up of what they learn.
Maybe older workers value training more.
Or maybe we’re just senile so we need the extra help.
If you missed it, watch this video where Jack needs extra help as my senile old avatar debates him on AchieveGlobal Island in Second Life.