Welcome to the Multigenerational Workplace
Working in a multigenerational team is a great opportunity to experience diversity. Each generation brings their experiences and visions with them. Differences among generations can spark new ideas and bring the potential for new ways of working. On the other hand, the potential of conflict can become a growing issue in a multigenerational team. Are you wondering what positives and negatives can bring such an environment? Read on to find out!
Pross and Cons of Multigenerational Team
- Healthy talent pipeline
- Diversity drives innovation
- Sharing of different perspectives and best practices
- Learning from each other
- Different working styles
Closing the Generational Gap
We have spoken about the generational gap in our first blog post from this generation series. But do you know what a generational gap in the workplace means? Every generation grows up being shaped by different events and therefore might have different opinions and views. These circumstances, that shaped each generation, can translate to different working expectations and styles. These different expectations and styles can then further contribute to misunderstandings between generations in the team. It is important to know how to successfully navigate through the multigenerational environment.
Successful Strategies for Multigenerational Teams
Respect each other
Respect is absolutely crucial in any environment. Imagine newcomers, senior members, younger and older generations working together. It does not matter how old are you or if you are in a senior or junior position. What matters is how respectful can you be to one another. As Sir Richard Branson said, ‘respect is how to treat everyone’.
Stop creating Stereotypes
Yes, I know, we have spoken about different generation groups in our previous blog posts. And, yes, I am aware we have described each group as having something in common. However, as each person is different, let’s not stereotype everyone. Not all the Gen Z-ers are non-stop on social media and not all the Baby Boomers are struggling with technology. Being open-minded and accepting each unique personality can help us to better collaborate in the workplace.
Adapt your communication style
With many generations working in one workplace, it can become difficult to communicate effectively. There is something else that ticks with each generation and each unique personality. Older generations prefer in-person meetings to discuss important topics. That does not mean they are not able to attend an online meeting, but they would be more comfortable expressing their opinions while looking into somebody’s eyes. Younger generations prefer online meetings, messaging, and anything that can be done on the run. Making compromises within a team is very important. Alternating between different communication styles can lead to everyone being satisfied and people learning how to get out of their comfort zone.
Don’t focus on the differences, rather search for similarities
Being focused too much on the differences can break the team apart. Have a quiet moment and think about similarities you have with your team members from other generations. What brings you closer? What connects you? After all, everyone wants to be happy and respected in their workplace.
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