Why Every Manager Should Understand and Navigate Generational Tendencies

April 9th, 2019

When hiring accountants in Spokane, you’ll likely encounter candidates of all ages. This is great because different generations each have something unique to bring to the table.

As a manager, it’s important to understand and embrace the tendencies of each generation. When you’re able to recognize both the strengths and weaknesses of different age groups, you can lead the team to success. Here are a few tips to make this happen.

How to Manage Employees From Different Generations

Understand Their Unique Needs

Every generation has a set of defining characteristics, and this hugely impacts the way they work. From communication preferences — i.e., face-to-face conversations vs. email — to desired work style — i.e., group or individual work — it’s important for you as their boss to recognize these differences and adhere to them.

Pair Them Together

Contrary to popular belief different generations can successfully work together. In fact, they have a lot to learn from one another. Help them recognize each other’s strengths by creating multigenerational pairings to work together on projects. For example, a millennial could teach a baby boomer about social media, and the baby boomer can pass on some of the industry knowledge they’ve acquired from decades on the job.

Meet in the Middle

Every team has its own set of norms, so structure yours to fit all generations represented. This will help employees of all ages learn and grow because they’ll be forced to try something new. Since no generation will have to completely conform to the ideals of another, this should increase job satisfaction and create a stronger team bond.

Set Each Person Up to Shine

Employees from different generations can definitely expand their horizons — often times more than you’d ever expect — but every age group still has their own unique strengths. Keep this in mind when assigning work, to ensure the entire team is given projects tailored to their skill sets. This will help everyone to be happier and achieve better results.

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