Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Traditionalist to Millennial: Intergenerational Workplace

A unique situation is cropping up in the workplace: Intergenerational colleagues.

Check out this article from the Mayo Clinic

For generation descriptions and suggestions for cross-generational communication techniques. I work at a Museum where all four generations are represented. Myself being the most youthful, I’ve found this dynamic to be a rewarding one, with built-in mentorship, I feel like I’ve benefited from experience of my colleagues without condescension.

This phenomenon creates both rewarding and challenging experiences. How do you communicate successfully? How do you avoid being stereotyped? How can your workplace benefit from this wealth of knowledge, experience, and skill?

Do you work in an intergenerational workplace? If so, how have you benefited from this dynamic? Do you have any suggestions for potentially frustrating situations? If so, please share.

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