Culture, world events, personal experiences, and more factor in to a person’s frame of reference. With this in mind, you may want to consider the following when trying to relate to your coworkers.
- Approximately one-third of the world’s population celebrates Christmas, which means that a majority of the world’s population doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
- Easter, like Christmas, is a Christian holiday.
- Thanksgiving is an American holiday. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, on the second Monday in October.
- Your 70-year-old coworker was born in 1941, the year Pearl Harbor was bombed and the U.S. entered World War II, and the year of the first television commercial broadcast.
- Your 60-year-old coworker was born in 1951, the year Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, in an era where gasoline was $.27 per gallon.
- Your 50-year-old coworker was born in 1961, the year President John F. Kennedy took office and the year Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record.
- Your 40-year-old coworker was born in 1971 amid escalation of and vocal opposition to the Vietnam War, the year “All in the Family” starring Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker debuted.
- Your 30-year-old coworker was born in 1981, the year President Ronald Reagan took office and the American hostages in Iran were released after 444 days of captivity, and the year MTV launched.
- Your 20-year-old worker was born in 1991, the year that marked that end of the Soviet Union, and the year that marked the beginning of grunge music and fashion as two bands from Seattle, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, both released their first albums.
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