An evolving workforce combined with an extended work life means that multi-generational teams are becoming commonplace across many industries. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this challenge.
Generalizations are rarely useful when it comes to managing people, but they can be particularly counter-productive with multi-generational teams. Steer clear of blanket statements such as “Millennials are too sensitive,” “Zoomers are too inexperienced,” or “Boomers just don’t get technology.”
Pigeon-holing the members of a multi-generational team often leads to unnecessary friction and resentment. Instead, keep an open mind and let your team surprise you.
Respect Differences, Identify Similarities
Accept that differences are the bread and butter of a multi-generational team. People of different ages can have vastly different views on crucial topics such as communication, strategy, and general attitude. This is to be expected. Make an effort to find common ground on big-picture values, such as company culture and the general purpose of the organization.
Encourage Mixed-Age Teamwork
Having a mixed-age team gives you the chance to get the best of both worlds. In order to succeed, your company needs the drive and inventiveness of young employees, but also the experience and know-how of older employees. This is more than a compelling metaphor; statistics bear it out: a 2020 study showed that being part of a mixed-age team increased motivation for both younger and older workers. Additionally, the study also showed that multi-generational teams boosted the desire to stay within the organization in workers of all ages.
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