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Tips on How to Effectively Lead a Multigenerational Workforce
July 1st, 2009
Over the past two years we have been inundated with reports on how the workplace is filled with four different generations for the first time in history. While these reports and their findings are valuable, as a leader it is important to know what you can do to ensure that your workplace is functioning at its highest, even with generational differences. A recent article on GoliathJobs.com featured a best practices article for “Managing the Aging Workforce.” In the article, they discuss how to effectively lead a multigenerational workforce. Highlights from the article include:
Study generational composition of your workforce.
Prepare a workforce forecast.
Train managers and supervisors about intergenerational differences and issues.
Match HR policies to the needs of the workforce.
Include all generations on committees and task groups
Companies will need to be proactive in managing their multigenerational workforce in order to preserve productivity, accord, and overall employee satisfaction. This may be the first time that the workplace has been presented with leading an employee base made up of four different generations, but it is also an opportunity for organizations to renovate their traditional management practices in order to understand what steps they can take in order to inspire greater efficiency out of their employees.