The Generation Balancing Act
Did you know that we now have more generations working in industry at the same time? We currently have four generations working alongside each other, all with their own styles of communicating, culture and methods of completing tasks.
In many cases, this can create a challenge and to achieve success and get the most out of each team member, it may mean flexibility in how we approach leading them to reach the goals that they may have set as well as the goals for the business.
Psychologically speaking, the brain does not mature until the age of 25 and this benchmark has been argued to be the turning point from the adolescent brain to an adult. Now, I will get those from the younger generations who will argue the point with me that they are more mature and while I don’t disagree, the science is there. While it can be incredibly frustrating and challenging at times, it is a perfect opportunity to harness the energy that they bring and guide it into something successful.
One of the biggest challenges faced by employers is balancing the generations in their workplace and have them on the same path to a common goal. Creating an environment that fosters mentoring among employees can assist in bridging the divide.
Younger generations can learn from the wealth of experience that older generations can bring to the table, while older generations can learn more efficient and technologically advanced ways to carry out their tasks.
It is also vital to deal with any conflict that may arise in the workplace. Rather than sweeping it under the rug, discuss the issues and build and nurture an environment where employees feel that they can approach management with any issues that they may be having with their colleagues. It needs to be educated that all generations have something to bring to the table and it is important to deal with any conflict in a productive manner.
It is also a good point to remember that experience and the lessons can be learnt, enthusiasm cannot and while it can be time consuming to train someone the tricks of the trade, if they have the enthusiasm to make it then you are halfway home. Plus there is an abundance of great training like that on offer at Real Plus to help have your team hit the ground running in no time.