Getting generations together!
According to research conducted by Catalyst, Millennials will comprise three-quarters of the global workforce by 2025! The workforce may be Gen Z or Millennials, but many of their managers will be from Gen X. Different generations have different approaches to work and this might lead to conflict. While older generations are comfortable with routine and discipline at their jobs, the newer generation wants more variety and excitement in their professional lives. Let’s see how different generations can work well with each other!
- Understand expectations: Every generation has different expectations from the organization and the work they do. For example, Gen Z may take up a job for a period of six months to one year, while Gen X may want the same job for a lifetime. Try to complement your team member’s skills and requirements. It is also the duty of the organization to lose the ‘one size fit it all’ attitude and give way to flexibility among their employees on their working styles.
- Coaching and mentorship: It is advisable to have a coaching or mentorship programs installed in the organizations to exchange knowledge on technology, management techniques and operational knowledge between generations. Not only will it help the efficient functioning but also build a trustworthy and reliable relationship. There is no harm in learning be it a person of any age! It is important to share intellectual resources to get the work done.
- Team building and collaboration: A team works brilliantly if the members know each other well. Have regular sessions to brainstorm and discuss various projects. This will result in creative ideas and an opportunity to learn from each other’s styles. Organize team building activities such as off-sites parties and outings where the team can connect on a personal level through partnerships and interactions!
A big part of managing the generation gap is to simply accept it and understand how to approach it. It is about empowering everyone and respecting differences. Collaboration brings about higher rates of both productivity and employee engagement, which is a win-win for all.
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