Early Career Network: Cross-Generational Working
For the first time in history, five generations are now working side by side. But whether this multi-generational workplace feels happy and productive or challenging and stressful is, in large part, up to you. How should you relate to employees of different age groups? How do you motivate someone much older or much younger than you? And finally: what can you do to encourage employees of different generations to share their knowledge?
Coaching and mentoring across age groups makes sense. There is surely much each can learn from the other. We typically imagine that the young can help the old understand technology and the old can impart general wisdom.
But is there more insight to possible cross-generational learning than these commonplace observations? What else, specifically, can the young learn from the old, and the old from the young?
Although people of different ages are remarkably similar to each other, there are a number of fascinating areas in which there are significant differences. Both the differences and the similarities enhance the possibility for bidirectional cross-generational learning, mentoring and coaching.
Adam Katz will bring his insights from both his consultancy days at EY and PWC and his time in business at Whitbread.