Age gaps are hard work
GENERATION gaps still play havoc in the workplace, with about half of all workers stating that their relationships with workers in other age groups are ineffective, new research shows.
Generation Y workers still are the most difficult to get along with in the office, a Leadership Management Australasia survey reveals.
About one in four Baby Boomers and one in five Generation X workers state the colleagues they have least effective relationships with are Generation Y.
Gen Y staff find Baby Boomers as the generation they have the least effective relationships with and overall only 40 per cent get along effectively with all workers.
About half, or 52 per cent, of Baby Boomers get along with all generations, compared to 43 per cent of Generation X workers.
The highest proportion of each generation do believe it is possible to have effective relationships with all generations, which is a solid sign of a harmonious workplace and a challenge to conventional belief, particularly about younger generations.
It finds mutual respect and understanding are among the top characteristics required for workers to get along.
‘‘Clearly, communication, respect, understanding and recog- nition all play a very strong part in building the right atmosphere for productive working relationships.
‘‘Importantly, the vast majority in each generation believes it possible for relationships with other generations to improve to a great or moderate extent (71 per cent overall).’’
Generation X had the least problem with Generation Z workers, or those aged 15 years or younger.
Pre-Boomers were the most likely to get along with any generation, with only 6 per cent or less of other staff stating they had an ineffective relationship with those born before 1945.