It’s no secret that the workforce is growing more multi-generational as time moves along. This is a combination of two main factors: many people are working until older ages (namely Baby Boomers) and a high number of Millennials are coming into the workforce. This means that the generational gap between groups of workers is becoming increasingly stark.
Companies now face the challenge of managing these different generations and their work habits. This will require firms to come up with an increasingly collaborative and networked approach to help these generations engage.
Here are six great tips that companies can use to help ensure that all workers from both generations (and those in between i.e. Generation X) continue to work as productive and engaged employees in an increasingly diverse atmosphere.
Promote a culture of respect for all employees
A strong culture of respect can go a long way in helping everyone learn to work together. Consider that there are up to five generations present in the workplace at a time, the generational differences can be largely improved by simply creating a culture that respects and values each worker for what they have to offer to the company individually.
Promote a culture of progression
As workforces become more and more diverse, encourage employees to adjust to the changing work environment. Provide them with the opportunity to talk about any issue that they experience and encourage the management to swiftly help address these concerns.
Be a mentor, not just a boss
Anyone could be a boss if it just involves telling people what to do and hassling them to get their work done. If you want your employees to respect the company’s management and authority, then acting as a mentor will go a long way towards helping employees build respect for the brand.
Mentorship will help create a culture of mutual respect that will motivate all generations to work effectively, productively and in unity.
Value the input and perspective each generation provides
Baby Boomers are traditionally optimistic, upbeat, and positive people who were born in easier times after both world wars passed. They want to be valued as individuals and want to feel as though the company needs them. On the other hand, Millennials were raised in a more “positive parenting” atmosphere by Baby Boomer parents who wanted them to believe they can do anything they set their minds to. To this generation, a work-life balance is considered a basic right. These are also workers who will be the most tech-savvy and able to help with technology work for the company.
This means that these generations and all of those in between bring unique perspectives and attitudes to their work. Allow each generation to use that voice to help better the company. Listen to what everyone has to offer and respect everyone’s opinions.
Provide equal and quality opportunities to all employees
Companies who provide the resources that their employees need to succeed are likely to increase employee interest in their jobs and get more engagement from their employees throughout their careers. This also increases the company’s chances of retaining top talent for the long run.
Offer fair compensation and benefits
Offering fair compensation and benefits to all employees will ensure that they are having their needs met while working at your company. While this means offering competitive wages, it also means providing valuable benefits like quality health care options, retirement packages, adequate vacation time, flexible schedules and more, that will incentivize employees and help them feel needed, valued, and appreciated at every stage of their career.
These are a few key ways that can help employers create a fair work environment that allows workers, from a variety of different generations, to actively engage. Ensuring your employees feel safe, valued, and respected will help workers across all generations work together in cooperation and harmony. Ultimately, this helps boost the company’s bottom line and increase employee productivity.