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Different generations
Generationsmix im Büro

Generations working together?

Why not? We all go through different stages of life; the young tend to have more energy and find it easier to learn new skills, while the older generations are generally better at analysing and falling back on experience to tackle problems.

The ageing workforce

As people live longer, retirement ages are slowly going up and many workers continue to work until later in life; this presents a problem for governments who have to support an ageing population, so keeping some of them working is a help to the economy. In companies too, keeping older employees can be better for the bottom line as opposed to hiring a younger workforce. So in financial terms, at least, it makes sense.

Different age groups together

Today, there can be up to four generations working together in one office, teenagers to great-grandparents, which would have been unheard of just a few decades ago. And each generation has different ideas about what constitutes the ideal workplace, what motivates them and what they expect from their employer. So, how to find solutions to potential conflicts?

Everyone needs to keep an open mind when dealing with disagreements, as these may come from incomprehension rather than any real clash.

Managers or employers need to set clear ground rules: should arrangements or actions be confirmed by email or by phone, are appraisals monthly or annual?

HR departments need to remember that an adventure weekend may serve to strengthen team feeling amongst the younger generations but leave the older ones feeling left out; events, perks and bonuses that everyone will enjoy should be considered or alternatives offered.

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