There are currently four generations within the US workforce. From traditionalists to millennials, many businesses boast diverse teams, which span the generations. While managing groups of different ages can be challenging, there are incredible advantages to employing individuals from different brackets. The infographic below highlights some of the most significant obstacles for leaders and some tips to promote collaboration.
Many organizations in the US employ people of different ages. Currently, millennials make up the most dominant sector of workers, but many teams also comprise employees from generation X, baby boomers and traditionalists. Workers from different eras offer different qualities and they tend to possess unique characteristics. There are often differences in education and training, views about the world and communication preferences, for example. Younger employees are more likely to be interested in self-employment, while baby boomers are comfortable with hierarchical structures.
Leading a team that is made up of people of all ages can be a challenge, but it also opens doors. People from different generations can learn from each other, and there will almost always be common ground that can be celebrated. To lead a team effectively, it’s beneficial to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of different individuals and to use generational trends and traits to your advantage. Encourage mentoring and the sharing of ideas and knowledge between team members and facilitate communication and interaction. Regular group meetings, social activities and providing feedback can all help to foster a cohesive environment.
Differences between individuals within a team can cause problems, but if you manage a group in the right way, these generational traits can make the difference between a good team and a great team.
Infographic Designed By Norwich University