Well-Being by the Decades

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This 2015 technical paper was written by Fran Melmed, founder, context communication consulting, for Virgin Pulse.  A helpful explanation of generation-related characteristics in communication styles and dynamics. In this piece, they look at well-being in one’s 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. What they discovered was how universal the challenges are and the unique, decade-specific reasons for them. For employers working with capped budgets and reduced resources, this universality should be welcome news.
Some selected highlights about the generations include:
  • Silent Generation  Age 71 – 87
  • Baby Boomers  Age 51 – 70
  • Generation X  Age 31 – 50
  • Millennials  Age  18 – 30
  • More than 2,000 U.S. workers were surveyed and their responses categorized by the above generation groups.
  • Very useful “What You Can Do” suggestions are presented along with selected examples.
Practical Significance: This well-written piece provides lots of helpful suggestions and ideas for communicating about wellness issues.


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