Right now there are currently four generations working side-by-side in the global workplace. By the year 2020 there will be five. Each generation brings different strengths, styles, values and goals. The challenge facing organizations today are generations that simply do not know how to work together. If organizations are to survive and thrive, they must support and train their workforce to maximize and monetize the strengths of each generation.
While working within organizations of all sizes and industry types, a notable challenge I have encountered are generational differences. After tracking attrition costs, assessing the disconnect between generations, and collecting evidence on lack of efficiency, Holmes Consulting Group developed GenBlend™, a program to deliver solutions and create generational blending through a multi-tiered process of: Respect…Learn…Blend.
In order to build trust and rapport among generations you must begin by understanding the historical, political, societal and technological events that shaped each generation’s core beliefs and values. That is where Respect begins.
Building the workplace of the future requires that we Learn how to communicate in order to circumvent miscommunication and misunderstanding.
Leveraging the strengths of all generations and creating a cohesive work environment will not only attract talent, but improve retention and productivity. As you Blend your workforce, innovation is heightened and morale surges.
Generations are not meant to be managed. Nobody wants to be managed or stereotyped. What you can do is establish blended ways of working such as knowledge transfer, reverse mentoring and giving everyone a seat at the table.