Check out our new video series Generations Explained. Generations Explained in this video discusses “The Jeffersons Generation Model” and describes how to help you identify what generation you are from.
“Moving on up to the East Side” If you know this song lyric it is likely you watched the TV show The Jeffersons. Depending on when and how you watched the TV show you can quickly determine which generation you are from. If you watched The Jeffersons in prime time you are most likely a baby boomer, whereas if you watched the TV show as re-runs after school you are most likely from Generation X. If you know the Jeffersons from the show Archie Bunker, and you sided with Archie over “meat-head” then you are very likely a Traditionalist. If you googled “The Jeffersons” because you heard a reference on the Simpsons or South Park you are probably a Millennial. “Linksters” or generation Z may only know the Jeffersons from folk tales or you-tubing Old Navy commercials.
This is an approximate model obviously, but one that has proven to cast a wide net of accuracy. Having generations explained through a model like The Jeffersons Generation Model can help to create a short hand, easy to remember technique for learning more about other people. Whether it applies or not, it invites conversation around similarities and differences between generations and between people. Often the unique qualities of people are highlighted when juxtaposed to norms, especially for generations. Young people who listen to Led Zeppelin, or watch Humphrey Bogart movies would be examples of counter intuitive behaviors that invite conversation. Generation X or Traditionalists that code, or believe in values often attributed only to Millennials such as work life balance and no loyalty to single organizations may also invite questions and interesting answers.
Each generation is influenced in unique ways by the world around them at the time of their early and teenage development, and by the parenting styles and trends of the previous generations. Each person we meet in the workplace will have some tendencies that adhere to these larger influences, and some behaviors that do not apply or run counter to the norm. Discussing generations should lead to a better understanding of each person, and The Jeffersons Generation Model is a fun way to invite these conversations.