Generation X: 'Lost Generation' at the Top

Generation X, born between approximately 1965 and 1980, is known for their adaptability and pragmatism, especially as they grew up during a time of economic changes and technological advancements. Their youth was marked by a shift from industrial to more information-driven economies, making them the first generation to embrace the digital revolution as young adults.

The core values of Generation X include independence, work-life balance, flexibility, and a critical attitude towards authority. These values reflect their upbringing during a time of social changes, economic uncertainties, and the emergence of new technologies. Unlike the Baby Boomers, who fought for societal changes, Generation X focused more on finding stability in their personal and professional lives.

In the workplace, Xers are often seen as bridge-builders between the older Baby Boomers and the younger Millennials and Generation Z. They have a strong preference for clear communication, efficiency, and the use of technology to streamline work processes. Their ability to handle both traditional and digital work methods makes them valuable leaders and mentors.

Generation X has also changed the way we think about work, with an emphasis on flexibility, the importance of work-life balance, and the concept of 'new work'. This means that work is not just a place you go to, but something you do, regardless of time or location. Their approach has laid the foundation for today's flexible work arrangements and has opened the door for further innovations in how we work and collaborate.

The leadership style of Generation X in business emphasizes autonomy and empowerment of employees, with less emphasis on hierarchy. They value transparency and input from all levels within an organization. Their experience with economic fluctuations has also taught them to be resilient and adaptable, qualities they pass on to the next generations in the workplace.


Looking ahead, Generation X plays a crucial role in the transfer of knowledge and experience to younger generations, while also continuing to learn from the fresh perspectives these newer generations provide. The digital skills of Generation X, combined with their pragmatic approach and pursuit of balance, remain invaluable in an ever-changing labor market.

Overall, the arrival of Generation X has had a significant impact on the labor market. Values such as sobriety, flexibility, and motivation characterize the Xer. The business world changed with the emergence of new work. Yet, the Xer, and with them the Pragmatic Generation, must continue to delve into digitalization in business. Generation X will need to keep up with the mindset of Generation Y. This generation is accustomed to working online everywhere and thus being connected with others. In the workplace, Generation X can specifically make use of the large online network of the Pragmatic Generation and Generation Y. Leaders of Generation X can employ the Yer in a smart way within the company. With their knowledge and experience, Generation X is still of absolute importance in the business world. As we have previously written, Generation X can teach the younger generations a lot. In this way, there is little talk of a generational gap, and the competencies of different generations are optimally utilized in the workplace.

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