Managing a Younger Workforce
Managers are a variety of facilities have had a difficult time adjusting, and relating, to their younger workforce. The baby boomers, which are now in management positions, grew up in the business with a pay-your-dues attitude. To them, "success means unrelenting toil and sacrificing family time in order to secure a corner office," according to an article in The Boston Globe. This just isn't the case for younger workers, most of whom feel time off is the best bonus they could get.
Because of this shift, some managers have been forced to rethink how they communicate and manage their employees. According to the article, older managers -— boomers ages 42 to 60 — must use language with younger staffers that acknowledges the value of their time: "I know work isn't your life but while you're here, let's agree on what you'll be accountable for."
Managers working with generation Xers (ages 27 to 41) should look at short-term rewards for work well done. Instead of waiting until the end of the year to give bonuses, reward these workers with a half day the week after they put in some hard work or overtime.
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