For most of us this involves either looking behind or looking ahead at this juncture of our lives. If this could be done objectively, millennials would gain a clearer picture of the challenges faced by those that are older in trying to relate to them and respond favorably to their needs and desires. On the other side of the spectrum, this would enable boomers to reminisce as to what it was like and what had to be overcome to arrive at where they are in the corporate chain today. Hopefully the one common denominator would be the advent to change to the equation.
The Picture is Always Clearer when it is Finished.
The generation that looks back has to acknowledge the simple fact that they had utilized every available advantage in order to produce a successful outcome for both themselves and the business. Is it not fair then to accommodate the resourcefulness of the next generation as they strive to make their mark in the workplace as they evolve into becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Millennials like to build strong interpersonal relationships so managers need to find ways to create opportunities for millennial employees to make meaningful connections.
On the other side of the spectrum, millennials need to acknowledge that a career is a marathon, not a sprint. They need to acknowledge the fact that most of their supervisors or managers are not a part of the tech-native generation and that they may or may not have a presence on social media.
Once there is an accommodation for a need for increased understanding from both ends of the spectrum, then it can be acknowledged that generational diversity exits, and it can be an asset or a liability. Take the time to celebrate what your business does and explore ways in which you can work together to build a future in which everyone has an opportunity to grow.