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At most law firms, Boomers have matured into a leadership position. These are lawyers between age 50 and age 68.
Transformative events that took place during the formative years of Boomers include the Cold War, the Space Race, the lunar landing, Vietnam, the Kennedy and King assassinations, and the civil and women’s rights movements. The advent of the birth control pill dramatically changed women’s careers and launched the dual-career family. They were the first generation to grow up with television.
“Boomers grew up challenging authority,” said Turner. “Where their parents were frugal, they were self-indulgent and acquisitive – wanting the latest new homes in the suburbs, the consumer products to fill them and the cars to drive back and forth. They worked long hours in order to fuel their acquisitive lifestyles. They live to work.”
In the workplace, Boomers identify very closely with their careers and career success. “For many, work is more important than family — which contributed to a surge in divorce,” said Turner. “Boomers are less hierarchical than traditionals; decision-making is based on consensus rather than directives. They like meetings. Unless it’s casual Friday, they often wear suits to work.”
In today’s workplace, Boomers like to be acknowledged with titles, perks and money. Like Bob Dylan, they feel “forever young.” Other generations should avoid any hints that they are aging or old.
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