Three Quality of Lifehacks to Bridge Generational Differences in the Workplace
August 10, 2017 at 06:45 AM EDT
By: Quality of Lifehacks
SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
A 60-something instructor at a major university was working on a project with an undergraduate student. The student complimented the instructor on her proficiency with technology. The student thought he was paying a compliment to the instructor. The instructor was offended because she believed the implication was that her skills were good “for someone her age,” playing into the stereotype that all Baby Boomers struggle with technology. Little did the student know that the instructor serves on the boards of several technology companies and is a former CEO of a tech company.
For the first time, there are four (and soon to be five) generations in the workforce, each with its preconceived notions, attitudes, mindsets and life experiences. How companies and organizations deal with these differences and build a team that gels will be a major determinant in their success.
While policies and benefits that match your workforce’s interests and needs are important, effective communication may be the single most important way to truly engage and motivate workers and build bridges across generations. Here are three quality of lifehacks tips for using communications to build connections:
Ultimately, managing generational differences in the workplace is all about fostering mutual respect. It’s about creating an environment where people understand and appreciate various points of view and different demands on people’s time based on their life situation.
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KEYWORDS: Diversity & Inclusion, Millennials, Mentoring, workplace, millennials, Management, workforce, Communication, intergenerational, baby boomers, generation x, traditionalists, multi-generational workforce, Sodexo