5 TIPS TO WORK WITH OTHER GEN­ER­A­TIONS

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RECOG­NISE DIF­FER­ENCES

1 Gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences will in­flu­ence a per­son’s ideas, ex­pec­ta­tions, val­ues and be­hav­iours at work. It will also in­flu­ence the way they ex­pect to be treated based on their ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives.

RECOG­NISE SIM­I­LAR­I­TIES

2 Look for shared val­ues and com­mon ground to see past dif­fer­ences. Fo­cus on things that mat­ter, such as pro­duc­tiv­ity, team­work or cus­tomer ser­vice.

AVOID STEREO­TYPES

3 Do not as­sume ev­ery mem­ber of a gen­er­a­tion thinks or be­haves the same or judge col­leagues’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties based on what they wear or what their work hours seem to be. Chal­lenge as­sump­tions.

BE OPEN

4 Com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles can dif­fer be­tween gen­er­a­tions so speak openly. This may mean high­light­ing re­cur­ring sources of ten­sion or giv­ing spe­cific sug­ges­tions for best per­for­mance.

AC­KNOWL­EDGE PER­SPEC­TIVES

5 Whether young or old, a worker brings their own point of view based on their ex­pe­ri­ence, and this di­ver­sity in­creases in­no­va­tion. Work­ers should ac­knowl­edge the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of their col­leagues.

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