Blending the Generation Gap in the Workforce

September 17, 2015

The workforce is more diverse now than it has ever been with tech hungry millennials and seasoned baby boomers sharing the workload.

Because of constant changes in the business world and economy, older generations are not only staying in the workforce longer but finding themselves in the same position of eager millennials searching for jobs. Both generations are faced with a challenge in blending the two very different work ideologies.

The New York Times recently shared an article by Rob Walker from The Workologist, How to Approach the Generation Gap in the Workplace. For baby boomers in the position of job searching because of mergers and workforce evolution there are a few things you can do to benefit yourself and to gain a competitive edge in the workplace.

Here is a great tip Walker shares to help you navigate working with different generations.

Check your own bias

Often people assume that age discrimination goes one way; discriminating against older generations, such as, taking them off projects, replacing them with younger employees or forcing them into early retirement. But that isn’t always the case, consider how you may approach younger workers. Do you automatically assume they are less knowledgeable than you because they are younger? Chances are you each are more knowledgeable than the other bit in different areas.  You may be more experienced in the day-to-day operations of your company but the younger person may be more experienced in the new technology your office is adopting. Remember we are all differently educated and that most of the time everyone knows at least one thing you don’t.

What do you see as some of the major pitfalls when it comes to age and work?