Managing the Generations Valuing the Wisdom of Age and the Contributions of Youth

Multiple articles converge on the same theme in this month’s issue of our HR Insights, and a number of contributors examine how relationships and interactions among employees can shape both the workplace and the entire organization.

The feature article, “Managing the Generations: Valuing the Wisdom of Age and the Contributions of Youth,” by Valerie M. Grubb tackles one of the biggest challenges facing companies today: the multigenerational workplace. When workers from three (sometimes even four) generations work alongside each other, differences in work ethic, expectations, goals, and communication styles emerge and can cause conflict. Grubb writes that the right mindset can help mitigate problems that emerge: “Just as more seasoned workers need to embrace the enthusiasm and new ideas of new recruits, younger employees also need to learn how to see things from the perspectives of their more seasoned colleagues.”

Whether your organization has just a handful of employees or hundreds (or thousands!) of them, you will find many benefits to fostering an environment in which communication, cooperation, and collaboration are valued. When your employees are able to work well together, they’re able to work better in general.

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