Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace

As the Baby Boomer generation retires and the Millennials launch their careers, the modern workforce is experiencing a titanic shift and a multitude of unforeseen challenges. Currently, many companies are seeing conflicts that can be blamed on different perceptions and preferences between the generations. The solution to maintaining a well-oiled machine in the workplace may be dependent upon two things: foresight and patience. As time progresses and new generations take control, company leaders will need prudence and some important soft skills.

It will be critical for future workers to have strong levels of emotional intelligence. There may be more of a focus on servant leadership and global interactions. With hope, younger generations will take the best of what past generations have taught them and lead future generations to an even brighter future.

Written by Dr. Diane Hamilton, former Assistant Professor with the Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University.

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