Kelly Services, a global workforce placement firm, released a new survey offering an international perspective on how intergenerational dynamics come into play in the work environment.

For example, in North America, 41 percent of employees surveyed said that different generations make for a more productive workplace, while 20 percent said that they interfere with productivity. Seventy-four percent also said that they adapt their communication style to colleagues from a different generation.

In Europe, meanwhile, 47 percent of Baby Boomers embrace generational diversity, leading the world in their acceptance across the ages. Those Generation Yers in Asia Pacific, according to the survey, are world leaders in their positive attitude to management - 45 percent revealed that they are being managed and rewarded positively.

Still, despite these advances, the survey also showed that 42 percent of employees have experienced intergenerational conflict in the workplace. No surprise there.

Will it ever go away? Let's be realistic: Conflict exists. The key is to use it as an agent of change.

In other Accounting Tomorrow news:

* Known for its engaging blog, "CPA Exam Cram," the New Jersey Society of CPAs has upped the social networking ante and can now be found on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

* The Illinois Society of CPAs provided some tips for college students on how to manage credit cards: Shop around for the best terms available, pay your balance in full, protect your card from even people you trust, and remember to always, always read the fine print.

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