Which age group is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. workforce?
Which age group is the now the largest segment of the U.S. workforce?
You get the picture: grandparents are increasingly working side by side with grandchildren. How, then, can business leaders harness the full talent and energy of a workforce spanning 50+ years? By examining how they view and perceive those they supervise, whether it’s Jill fresh out of college or Orvis approaching retirement.
In sum, age is not just a number when it comes to workplace collaboration. Different generations often have contrasting perspectives, technical expertise, social connectivity and communication habits. However, a manager’s primary goal is to understand and harmonize these differences into an impactful company culture through listening, mutual respect, and mix-and-match exposure to the full bouquet of generational talent.
Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University and leads boomers, millennials and Gen-Zers – a multigenerational ecosystem with a commitment to lifelong and reciprocal learning.
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