Tips for managing a multigenerational workforce.
The best managers go beyond to implement programs that show they care for the wellbeing of their employees.
Regardless of your industry, there’s a good chance you’ll be working with a diverse group of people. The Pew Research Center found that the workforce is currently made up of 53.5 million Millennials (born between 1981 and 2000), 52.7 million Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980) and 44.6 million Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964).
To successfully manage your multigenerational team, follow these tips:
Play up their strengths, understand their weaknesses.
Different ages can lead to conflict in the workplace. By learning each generation’s characteristics, you’ll be able to place employees in appropriate roles and provide them with the career support that works best for them.
According to Business Insider:
- Millennials are found to be the most tech-savvy and enthusiastic, but are not seen as productive or team players.
- Gen Xers are the most effective managers and collaborators, but are not seen as executives.
- Baby Boomers are found to be hardworking and great mentors, but rank the lowest when it comes to being adaptable and collaborative.
Learn what motivates them.
Giving employees the opportunity to choose their rewards will leave everyone feeling happy, motivated and appreciated.
- Millennials expect creative control, work ownership and opportunities for professional development.
- Gen Xers look for instant feedback, flexible scheduling and independence.
The first step to breaking down negative generational stereotypes is encouraging a collaborative work environment. Whether it be implementing a mentor program, building diverse teams for assignments or starting an office happy hour, organize ways for employees to learn from one another.
Be loose with your communication style.
It’s no secret that Millennials and Gen Xers have grown up surrounded by technology and prefer to informally communicate through texts and emails, and that a lot of Baby Boomers are more comfortable with face-to-face interactions. Instead of picking one primary communication style, accommodate everyone by mixing your methods. Hold meetings, send emails and make sure someone from each generation is represented when making business decisions that affect your employees as a whole.