Baby boomers and millennials often see the world differently, communicate differently and work differently. That’s a huge opportunity for your business.
Together, your employees from the baby boomer generation (born 1946-1964) and millennial generation (born in the 80s and 90s) have a vast wealth of knowledge, experience and ability. Find ways they can complement one another and they’ll help create new ideas, efficiencies and revenue for your business.
Make communication key
There’s no such thing as too much communication. Encourage communication throughout every project and every day, using every means available.
While boomers may communicate past experiences and younger adults may discuss new technological developments, everyone has something to learn from one another.
Establish a two-way mentoring program
Partner boomers and millennials together to help them share in each others’ expertise. When employees view each other as valuable resources on a wide array of topics, they can work more closely together and achieve more for your company.
Different generations have different ways of communicating. Help your employees embrace both the convenience of text and instant messaging, and the depth of understanding that comes with face-to-face discussions.
Know what motivates your staff
There’s a simple way to do this – ask them. Then, customize your incentive program to suit their preferences. Flexible incentive options can help you appeal to employees of any generation in ways that they personally value.