LEADING DIFFERENT GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE
If you`re a leader who constantly wants to improve, you must have realized by now, that you can`t lead all of your employees in the same way. They are different, they have different personalities, backgrounds and they come from different generations. Today we are going to focus on how to lead people from different generations.
In order to know, what motivates and encourages each generation, we must first take a look at what generations are in today`s workplace:
- The Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. This generation values personal growth, team involvement, and personal gratification. They are ambitious, highly-educated, and multi-taskers. They are the most experienced ones, but they can`t adopt so easily to change. They are afraid of novelties, but they have a lot of knowledge. Use their knowledge and make them mentors to younger generations. They will feel useful and their younger coworkers will show them not to be afraid of technology and new things.
- Generation X, born between 1964 and 1980. They are independent, self-sufficient, and skeptical. They value diversity, work/life balance, technology, and informality. A critical insight in understanding this generation is that they tend to view all work as just a job. They are the experienced ones and very productive. They need always new challenges, so they don`t live in the comfort zone. Motivate them and show them new opportunities.
- The Millennials (also called Generation Y), born between 1980 and 2000. They grew up in a supportive environment where protective parents and other adults attended to their needs. This has made them confident, sociable, and optimistic. They also do not always understand their limitations. They are open-minded, the most accepting of diversity, and unafraid of change. They have a couple of years of work experience. They are driven, they have responsibilities: house, children, mortgages, Show them that their efforts won`t go unnoticed and that they can achieve a lot if they work hard.
- Generation Z—born after 2000. Most of Generation Z have used the Internet since a young age and are comfortable with technology and social media. They don`t have much work experience. They are eager to work and prove themselves. However, some expect to get a promotion right away. Pair them with the older employees, so they can gain more experience.
When dealing with a multigenerational workforce, it's important to be sensitive to the various work styles and communicate through a variety of channels. Be patient and above all learn how to listen attentively, so you can understand the drive behind each of your employees. Employees who feel heard and cherished are also more productive and loyal.
The best way to promote a multigenerational workplace is to create teams from different generations. Each generation can bring something new to the table and the more diverse the team the more it can achieve. Having a multigenerational workforce can be an advantage for companies today. The wide range of ideas and knowledge from different types of people can help the company progress more quickly.