We now live in a world of work where older and more experienced people work for younger and less experienced people. Where younger people are techno wiz-kids, yet are somewhat stymied about what all that data mean. Older workers are stressed, overburdened workaholics yet are loyal and committed. Younger workers are considered slackers, born with silver spoons in their mouths, whereas older workers are digging in their heels and resisting change – “we’ve always done it that way.” Is this stuff true?
What the heck is going on? We are experiencing a new kind of diversity that is creeping into corporate America – age diversity. Often these generations conflict with one another as the gaps and resulting misunderstandings become more distinct.
Differences in generations have always been around but now they are more pronounced. Look at power. The older generation doesn’t have all the candy anymore and the younger generation is ready and waiting (not so patiently) to share these sweets. During the last three decades people working in corporations knew the rules of the road. Today that has all changed and the rules are rewritten every single day. In order to be successful, we must all try to understand how we are different and similar in terms of our values and our ways of working and thinking.
Why is this important? As the population continues to age and baby boomers begin leaving their jobs, there will be a serious shortage of people with the capabilities to fill key positions.
Wingate Consulting will work with your team to explore the facts and myths in each of these populations, to identify actions that can help you dispel these facts and myths, and to discuss strategies for ensuring high productivity in this culture. Linda will advise you on ways in which you can recruit, reward and manage each generation differently, while also managing the intergenerational clashes which are becoming common.