Mak­ing it pos­i­tive

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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.

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