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Why a Multi-generational Team Is Better For The Growth of Your Organization?

January 06, 2014 General

If you have a multi-functional workplace, consider building a team that is diverse
in experience, age, sexual orientation, location, race, religion and language.
The variety of skill sets, personality traits and experience of a diverse workforce
will help you sustain stability and stimulate innovation in your organization.

Transitioning the workplace into a multi generational environment can further help in
cross-development of skill sets and teamwork in a group. If people in any organization
can be divided based on the generation, they would basically belong to three different types. The Baby Boomers (45-63 yrs) that are about 38%, Generation X (32-44 yrs) that are about 32% and the Millennials (19-31 yrs) who account for 25% of the workforce.
Each generation has their own set of knowledge and skills that they can help the other with. Millennials may be better at technology compared to the Baby Boomers who came before them. Baby Boomers on the other hand are more value-driven and have a practical approach than their younger counterparts. When the strengths of all these generations are combined to nullify their weaknesses, an organization is bound to outperform itself.

While this diverse generational workforce may pose challenges and obstacles, there are some good reasons why it can work well:

• Each generation will have its own perspective of looking at things based on their past experience and style of thinking. Where Millennials might find easy ways to get a thing done, the more experienced Baby Boomers will find concrete solutions to problems that they encounter.

• When a person from a younger generation works with counterpart from an older generation a natural mentor-mentee relationship develops automatically. Instead of the random matching system this type of a relationship tends to flourish due to predefined positions that they hold in their normal lives.

• There is bi-directional learning, which means that everyone learns something from the other. For example, a Millennial could teach a Baby Boomer how to use technology to his or her advantage and vice-versa.

• Placing seasoned leaders with young high potential talents can make the entire succession plan a smooth transition. The young talent can get groomed by a seasonal leader who can teach him/her the importance of leading by example so that he/she can in the future help a younger talent in the same way.

Many organizations have started realizing the advantages that a multi-generational team can bring and they are gradually adapting to it. Given the amount of experience that you are able to harness through innovative hiring, the possibilities that it brings are limitless. A viable choice therefore would be to make the most of all these generations and develop a dynamic team that promises to outperform and deliver incredible results.


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