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also corrupts one’s judgment about the other individual, even before they interact with them. In a nutshell, stereotyping does not support positive interaction amongst colleagues.
It is pointless to suggest any single group to focus on the other’s positive characteristics. Productive results cannot be achieved until both groups work towards bridging their differences and exploring each others’ potential. Respect is crucial to strengthen any bond and treating others with from this generation gap is directly proportional to the tough economic times one is facing. Due to the inadequate amount of their pensions and the skyrocketing prices of basic necessities as well as expensive healthcare, the Baby Boomers ( born during 1946- 1964), who should have been enjoying a tension- free life, relying on their pensions, are instead forced to pull their socks up and work side by side and sometimes even under a younger colleague.
At the same time, according to a recent poll of senior executives by Advanced Technology Service, 45 percent of manufacturing companies do not wish to let go off their senior employees ( aged in the 50s and 60s), simply because they value their skills and experience.
Simultaneously, there is also a growing trend of hiring fresh college graduates or even students who are still studying, as interns. One reason for this is that employers expect fresh and new ideas from these youngsters. They also believe that young workers would energize the work atmosphere. Another reason for having interns is that though they often handle complicated tasks, they are paid relatively lower remunerations or, in many cases, nothing at all. Companies trick the youngsters by satisfying them with clichés such as ‘ Working with our company would provide you with valuable experience which cannot be reduced to mere amounts on a pay cheque’ etc. The fact that various companies either do not notice or choose to ignore is that many times by hiring such youngsters and making them work alongside the aged employees can serve as the perfect situation for creating friction between the two groups.
Living a technologysaturated world, youngsters these days, also referred to as Millennial ( born during 1981- 1999), have a tendency to consider themselves smarter than the rest. It is true that these young people are naturally tech- savvy, are open to constant change and have the ability to easily adapt to changes in their environment. However, the bitterness between the two age groups has resulted in stereotyping both Millennials as well as Baby Boomers. The older generation generally perceives the youngsters to be lazy and having a laid back attitude towards work. Moreover, they find the short attention span of the Millennials frustrating and blame this flaw on excessive dependence on technology. The youngsters feel the Boomers are rigid in their views and generally shy away from change.
It needs to be understood that stereotyping individuals does not limit their qualities by merely highlighting the negative aspects of their personality but respect does not apply just to youngsters; it can be equally applied to senior employees. They need to work together and establish a mutual relationship. Senior employees must try to make the younger ones feel welcomed by asking for their suggestions and opinions on various topics. On the other hand, the youngsters need to understand and consider the rules and regulations and the general atmosphere of the workplace before suggesting any radical changes. Giving others your attention always aids in strengthening any bond. When your colleague communicates with you, multi- tasking is not the best way to interact. It is indeed preferable to make eye contact and truly focus upon what they have to say. These subtle changes would help both the groups appear more acceptable to each other, making harmonious relations possible at work, despite the huge age difference.