4 Tips For Managing Multi-Generational Workplaces
There are five generations in today’s workforce, so it takes a strong leader to build bridges and get teams working as cohesive units.
Dr. Sam Adeyemi is a Global Speaker, Strategic Leadership Expert, Executive Coach to CEOs around the world, and Author of “Dear Leader: Your Flagship Guide to Successful Leadership.”
According to Adeyemi, here are four tips for managing multi-generational workplaces.
“The more you understand different generations and how to bridge the gap,” says Dr. Adeyemi, “the more you appreciate and value all the differences and contributions each individual makes.
Several strategies can assist in managing a multi-generational workplace — the following are useful in any team, but are especially so in multi-generational teams.”
1) Establish Multiple Means of Communication
“Baby Boomers tend to prefer face-to-face communication, Millennials tend to prefer electronic communications, and Gen X and Y prefer digital and beyond. To meet these diverse needs, share information in several formats, such as emails, ad hoc meetings, virtual meetings, etc., and follow up several times to ensure your messages are received.”
2) Foster a Flexible Workplace
“With the onset of off-site workspaces, virtual meetings, and global office locations, flexibility is needed. Every generation has a preference for what factors influence them to produce excellence. By fostering a flexible workplace environment that focuses on productivity, you are being considerate of how your teams and the individual people on them function best.”
3) Create a Culture That Embraces All Messages
“Creating a safe environment where each generation learns to adapt to different forms of communication while maintaining respect in the workplace is the mark of strong leadership. Encourage your teams to speak freely by creating a workplace culture that embraces all messages — the good, the bad, and everything in between.”
4) Set Goals & Expectations and Communicate Them Clearly:
“When your team has a clear understanding of what is expected of them, everyone should be united on their tasks and mission. By creating a structured process that manages performance, teams have a tangible way of knowing when they are hitting (or missing) their marks, regardless of how they prefer to communicate, the environment in which they work, or the generation they were born into.”
Atlanta-based Dr. Sam Adeyemi (SAY: Ah Day yeh me) is the founder and executive director of Daystar Leadership Academy (DLA). More than 45,000 alumni have graduated from DLA programs, and more than 3 million CEOs and high-performing individuals follow him on top social media sites. He holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Virginia’s Regent University and is a member of the International Leadership Association. He and his wife, Nike (say Nee keh) have three children and founded Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Learn more at SamAdeyemi.com.