The marketplace has become more and more diverse; in different terms, not just ethnically but also in terms of generations.
If you are not sure what I mean, just visit your local mom and pop grocery store or supermarket and you will see a diverse range of people from all ages interacting and working together towards a common goal.
Organizations face -a more than ever- growing generational gap.
Reasons like delaying retirement for the more experienced workers, smaller retirement funds or simply wanting to continue contributing to society or to continue being part of a group, etc.
In the other hand there is a growing number of Millennials entering the workplace … learning new skills, new work ethics, in between high school and college…
Organizations have to learn to manage the different generations: each generation bring their own work ethics and communication styles to the workplace.
Good news is! no matter the generational gap, the different generations can learn to work with each other in effective ways…they key is to be able to identify what motivates each individual and how to communicate effectively within cross – generational teams.
How can we build effective teams beyond the generational gap?
Briefly, we will provide some talking points to spark your interest (and hopefully within your team) to create a positive work environment where every team member can contribute to achieve the organization’s goals:
1. Recognize each member’s strengths and weaknesses. Each individual is unique.
2. Avoid assuming behaviors based in generations. Not every person within the same generation will have the same work ethics. Do not make the mistake of including everybody on the same bucket.
3. Spend time to educate all team members to understand how generations think or act based on the context of the time they grew up. This will be just a guideline but should not determine people’s behaviors.
4.Recognize and acknowledge differences between generations.
5. Now focus on what is the best each generation brings to the workplace: experience, willingness to learn, patience, technology savvy, emotional intelligence, etc and build on that.
Identify how each individual in your team prefers to communicate: by email, face to face or verbally. Pay attention, you might be surprised how effective your communication can be, by understanding how each team members receives the message effectively and work together effectively. Good luck!