Don't Let Age Interfere with Workplace Relationships
Getting along with others is essential for a productive working environment. Many tech companies and startups are heavily populated with Generation X and Y employees, but what happens when employees who don’t fit into those generations find their way into the mix?
Now you’re dealing with a multigenerational, diverse workforce. Understanding others and their backgrounds may make working relationships better and decrease frustration, especially with individuals of different generations. It’s important that employees at all levels of the organization are equipped with tips for working with coworkers of all ages.
The working population is currently dominated by three generations of workers with different personalities and attributes.
1. Baby Boomers
These workers are in their mid-40s to mid-60s. They generally value tasks and goals that are straightforward and to-the-point, prefer security and stability in the workplace, seek success at any cost and avoid conflict. These individuals also often prefer in-person communication.
- To get along well with baby boomers, acknowledge their desire for direction and consistency
- Communicate with them face-to-face, if possible
2. Generation Xers
These employees are in their mid-30s to mid-40s. They tend to value their company’s interests, but also care for their own as well. They’re usually adaptable and have learned to incorporate recent technological advances into their daily lives.
- To get along well with Gen Xers, appreciate their willingness to take risks to reap rewards
- Respect these workers for wanting to maintain an even work-life balance
- Appreciate Gen Xers’ willingness to adapt
Members of this group were typically born after 1980 and are generally tech savvy. As a result, they’re adaptable and independent thinkers who value freedom and expect to be treated as equals from the start.
- To get along well with Millennials, recognize their high energy, creativity and new ideas
- Communication via technology is more effective and convenient
By respecting each other’s differences, as well as focusing on what you have in common, you’ll work productively with all types of people. For more information on how to communicate effectively with a multi-generational workforce, attend our upcoming Assurance University Webinar.
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