In a previous blog post, we addressed what to know about hiring members of Generation Z. But what about once you hire members of Generation Z?
Well, then you must successfully integrate them into your current team of employees. And conceivably, your employees could represent a number of different generations—Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers. (Although Baby Boomers are retiring by the drove on a daily basis.)
Right now, there are more members of the Millennial Generation in the workforce than any other generation, and that is likely to be the case for the foreseeable future. Simply put, this is an issue that is not going away anytime soon.
Below are three tactics for effectively engaging the different generations in the workforce:
#1—Analyze your current personnel.
This means determining exactly which generations are represented in your workforce. But it goes beyond that. You must also calculate the percentage of each generation.
For example, are 50% of your employees Millennials? Is that percentage higher? What about Gen Z and Generation X? Which generations comprise the company’s management teams?
#2—Identify strengths and weaknesses.
Each generation has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. And while these are true across the members of a certain generation, it’s not true 100% of the time. For example, Millennials and Generation Z are both known to be tech savvy. However, it would be a mistake to assume that every member of those generations is a technology “whiz.”
When considering strengths and weaknesses, you must also take into account the variables associated with individuals. For example, employees have different personalities, regardless of whether or not they’re members of the same generation.
#3—Be proactive about fostering camaraderie and collaboration.
Obviously, if you want to maximize productivity and profitability, then you must find a way to get the members of these different generations to work together and to work together well. However, this isn’t going to happen “all by itself.” As with most things that need to happen, an organization must be intentional in its efforts to make it happen.
This means creating opportunities for the members of the different generations to work together—when it makes sense. We added that last part because you don’t want to force people together just for the sake of forcing them together. That rarely works when the people are the members of the same generation, much less different ones.
The good news is that the members of every generation want the same thing--to be successful in their job and their career. And when you effectively engage them in the workforce and in the workplace, you increase the chances that they will be successful.
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