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Intergenerational dynamics in the workplace


Over the next few weeks, there will be many more young people leaving school and entering the work world. Even though they are aware of the tight job availability, many still hope to find a job.{{more}}

When new job entrants and mature workers meet in the workplace, there is often tension and resentment on both sides. Some new workers feel older workers should retire to make room for qualified graduates and some mature workers feel young workers are not diligent and do not take pride in their work.

This generational divide must be bridged, as companies benefit from having both generations working together. To begin this process, each side must recognize the value they bring to the table.

Young workers are usually more technologically savvy. Most enjoy working with all the new advances, which is a plus for businesses. Companies can capitalize on this to keep their establishment up-to-date technologically.

Another advantage to having young workers is their ability to adapt to change. There is no previous work history, so the introduction of new processes is usually well received and they bring a fresh perspective. With this in mind, companies can begin to consider work culture changes, if necessary.

More mature workers, on the other hand, have a wealth of knowledge that younger workers can gain from. Experienced workers usually understand the value of building sound business relationships, which are critical to a company’s success.

Experienced workers are also able to draw on their past when making decisions and analyzing business problems.

These are only a few of the advantages in having both groups together. The challenge is to bring them together to work as teams. One effective way to do this is to form a mentor program, where all generations can get to know one another on an individual basis and learn from one another.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]

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