May is Older Americans Month! Did you know that older workers are staying active in the workforce for longer periods? The workforce landscape is changing and we are experiencing something brand new; five generations working side by side. According to CareerBuilder, nearly 38 percent of American workers have a younger boss!
Although the multi-generational workforce is a wonderful blend for the creation of new ideas, it is also a big change, and with change comes challenges. So, how can we be well-rounded professionals and still work together to achieve goals? Some organizations find that cross-generational mentoring programs are beneficial. However, if your organization does not provide this type of program just yet, check out these four tips for working with people of all ages:
Practice open mindedness: We each have different experiences when it comes to day-to-day tasks, projects and workflows. We can all learn from each other, and should be open to collaboration.
Don’t dwell on differences: Instead, focus on the similarities to strengthen your team’s bond. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, we, as a team, have a common goal in mind – to complete the project or task, and succeed in the workplace.
Be yourself: Your current life stage and life experiences are woven into your very being. This Harvard Business Review article, says it perfectly: “So you and your boss happen to be in different phases of life. Embrace it.”
Be kind: Kindness is key when it comes to the workplace and a little bit of kindness and understanding goes a long way. If you are in a sticky situation, where you do not see eye-to-eye with a co-worker, try kindness and see how the situation plays out. We are guessing it will end on a positive note.
If you’re a job seeker (of any generation) looking to get back into the workforce, National Able Network can help! Click here to get started on your career path today!