by Chad Brooks from “Business News Daily”
Managing a workforce that is becoming increasingly diverse in age is no small task for many employers. Here are some tips for managing employees from different generations:
1. Don’t overthink it. Start from the perspective that all employees want to do well and help the company. That type of viewpoint will lay a strong foundation when building relationships.
2. Modify your style. While your employees have many of the same attributes, they also have individual needs. Work at customizing your management style to each person’s strengths, personality and aspirations.
3. Get out of the office. Being in a setting outside the office is a good way for employees to learn more about their colleagues.
4. Let younger employees be heard. It is important to make sure employees from younger generations feel comfortable sharing their opinions with their older co-workers. Regardless of their age, employees who have expertise in a specific area should be able to share their perspectives with everyone in the office.
5. Mix generations. When assembling teams to work on certain projects, mix and match employees of different ages who have different skill sets. This can spur innovation and new ways of solving problems.
The study was based on surveys of more than 2,200 chief financial officers from companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.