When it comes to Gen X and Millennial turf wars in the workplace, it's time to drop the snap judgments and start learning from each other.

By 2020, Millennials will make up 40% of the total working population. That's 86 million people, said Jamie Gutfreund, chief marketing officer for Noise, a Los Angeles-area agency focused on generational trends and engaging Millennials.

"Older generations have always complained about younger ones. Every generation has a moment where they are misunderstood," said Gutfreund, a Gen Xer herself. "When we were young we were considered slackers, lazy and unfocused. Now Gen X is diligent, focused and practical."

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