Bridging the GenerationsSession overview
This is the first time in American history that four different generations are working side-by-side. Each generation brings their own unique perspective to subjects like productivity, office etiquette, technology, and work life balance. In Bridging the Generations participants will discover how to transform such diversity into organizational strengths.
Bridging the Generations will help individuals to:
Illustrate the different life perspectives that define each generation
Recognize personal beliefs that inhibit understanding
Identify how these different perceptions create culture
Recognize common behaviors that are often misunderstood
Shift from viewing generational differences as obstacles to opportunities
Commit to individual and team actions that will improve learning and understanding between groups
Establish ground rules that govern behavior with miscommunication or conflict
Generational distinctions effect nearly every aspect of the workplace including hiring, managing teams, communicating expectations, discipline, conflict management, delegating, issues around work/life balance, and motivation. What is considered “normal” communication to one group may very well represent a hot button issue to another. For example, the Millennial Generation – some 70 million strong – grew up questioning their parents and are now questioning their managers. This can be exasperating, or a perceived sign of disrespect, to a 55 year old boss who worked his or her way up the latter executing commands, not questioning them.
In Bridging the Generations participants “walk in the shoes” of each generation to better understand their perspective and avoid easy negative labels that create a drag on office culture. Through engaging activities and candid discussions, participants will connect the dots between poor perceptions of co-worker groups and office stress, morale, and productivity. Bridging the Generations is packed with practical tips and strategies for navigating the sometimes turbulent generational cross streams. For example: When assembling teams that contain multiple generations it is probably best to match older Baby Boomers and Traditionalists with Millennials. Why? Because younger employees often relate to and share more social values with older employees instead of with Gen X, their closest rival. As a result, older employees quickly become mentors to Millennials, and Millennials happily return the favor by tutoring Boomers and Traditionalists in the latest technologies.
By collectively appreciating the cultural milestones, social perspectives, and professional expectations that shape each generation’s worldview, workplace distractions and negative attitudes take a back seat to teamwork and productivity. Bridging the Generations will guide your team through this process with an engaging, interactive experience that will bond the team for success.