Age diversity in today’s workplace is a reality that many of us find uncomfortable.
If you are a Baby Boomer, you may find yourself complaining about younger colleagues who insist on texting you when you prefer to talk the issue out. If you are a Millennial you may be tired of the older generations at work underestimating you, their constant need to meet in person and their reluctance to embrace working from home. We have more age diversity in the workplace than ever before. Lots of people in their seventies and even eighties (Traditionalists) are still employed; some because they enjoy their jobs while others can’t afford to retire quite yet. But mostly we have a mix of Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers dominating the workforce. Generation Y, the generation younger than Millennials, have just begun their careers.
People are often more comfortable relating to and working with those who are similar. But welcoming age diversity offers us access to different opinions, new problem-solving techniques and perspectives we may never before have considered. Since most organizations also serve persons of different age groups, embracing age diversity in our colleagues will help us understand and meet the needs our customers, clients and patients better.
If you need help with understanding and embracing age diversity in your organization, check out Jennifer FitzPatrick’s workshop and keynote programs focused on generational awareness: http://jenerationshealth.com/keynotes/. We’d love to work with you!
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.