Last Wednesday’s #TChat touched upon the multi-generational workplace. The discussion talked about how the workforce is changing and now includes Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers all within one workforce. As expected, a good portion of companies can feel some strain caused by the differences of the generations. So what’s the best way to understand one another and open up chances to collaborate? Create opportunities to mentor one another, and that includes reverse mentoring.
Typically, Gen Y is mentored by the older generations because they have had more experience in the working world. Although this makes perfect sense, it is also very important to allow Gen Y to also mentor Gen X and Baby Boomers on the things they are “experts” at. Essentially, everyone has the ability to teach one another but you must create a workplace environment that encourages this type of mentoring.
- Create weekly or monthly meetings where different generations can host a “Lunch and Learn” session.
- Assign groups of people who represent different generations to collaborate on different projects.
- Create learning events almost similar to speed dating: have set tables for different topics and have your employees move around and learn from one another.
- Create incentive or recognition programs for those who go above and beyond to teach others things that will benefit the company.
Opening up these opportunities can help generations understand one another and truly respect what individual attributes and qualities they possess. These ideas can help open up the minds of those in the workplace to show that we honestly can learn from one another, despite if you are a seasoned professional or a recent grad just entering the working world. With this mentality, businesses can benefit and grow together.
Thanks, Sean Charles, for the schnazzy picture.
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