Matures/The Veterans, Definition(s) of

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  • H (19)
  • I (27)
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  • K (1)
  • L (16)
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  • P (33)
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  • W (39)

Over age 58 (Families & Work Institute, 2004)

“Born before 1945…The group, known as ‘Veterans’ are used to the top-down style of management that disseminates information on a ‘need-to-know’ basis and they get satisfaction from knowing a job is well done. They often stay with one company for their entire career…” (Allen, 2004).

“Also referred to as ‘the Veterans’ or the ‘Silent Generation’, the Matures make up America’s wealthiest citizens, born between 1922 and 1946…The Matures endured hard times and believe in lifetime employment, company loyalty and paying one’s dues in order to gain respect and corporate seniority” (Hatfield, 2002, p. 72).

“Americans born between 1909 and 1933 have been referred to as the World War II-ers, and those born between the years of 1934 and 1945, the Swingers (Schaeffer, 2000). Kupperschmidt (2000) lumps these two generations into one, all born before 1940, labelling them the Traditionals. Jurkiewicz and Brown (1998) refer to those born between 1925 and 1942 as the Matures” (Smola, 2002, p. 364).

Glossary Source: 

Families & Work Institute (2004). Generation & gender in the workplace. Watertown, MA: American Business Collaboration.

Allen, P. (2004). Welcoming Y. Benefits Canada, 28(9), 51-53.

Hatfield, S.L. (2002). Understanding the four generations to enhance workplace management. AFP Exchange, 22(4), 72-74

Smola, K.W., & Sutton, C.D. (2002). Generational differences: Revisiting generational work values for the new millennium. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 23, 363-382.