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Getting the most out of your employees means more than motivating them as individuals. You also need to find ways to get them to come together as a team. However, this can be challenging because no two people are exactly alike. One of the biggest obstacles to unity in the workplace is the divide between generations. Your staff likely includes people of all ages, and their perspectives and personalities can differ quite a bit from each other. For example, Baby Boomers are more likely to choose a phone call to communicate, while Generation Z would rather text.
Building a multigenerational workforce where all these disparate working styles and backgrounds effectively operate together is not something that happens overnight. With a few proven strategies, however, it can be done. Creating a peer mentoring program, for instance, offers the chance for older employees to teach their younger co-workers while building rapport between them. It’s also important to gather feedback from all employees so you understand all viewpoints.
Building a successful team means accepting what each generation brings to the table and finding ways to successfully integrate them. To learn more about the generational divides in the workplace and how to overcome them, check out the accompanying resource.
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