Bridging the Workplace Gap: cross-generational mentoring

Last month we wrote about how to bridge the gap between Millennials and Baby Boomers, each of whom have very different expectations of the workplace.

Cross-generational mentoring that has been well-planned and is company supported reaps tangible rewards, not only in terms of enhancing each party's skillsets, but in developing a cohesive and collaborative team. Read on to find out more...


Two-way Mentoring Training £1250+VAT: 
For bookings completed by December 2017, we are delighted to offer one full day workshop for 6 - 12 delegates on our Cross-generational Train The Mentor programme. For further details email rosemary@httraining.co.uk
 


WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS?
So you think those young whippersnappers can't teach you anything? Think again - here are five areas millennials excel at.

  • Social media - it has influence and marketing power, so exploit it's potential.
  • Review sites - ignore them at your peril!
  • Desk time - millennials are more interested in productivity and results than hours at the desk.
  • Innovation / entrepreneurship - explore fresh creativity to keep business ahead of the curve. Technology - harness young people's intuitive understanding of platforms to bring your whole team forwards.

'HEY, OLD MAN, WHAT DO YOU KNOW...?'
Mature staff have a wealth of experience to impart; chances are they'll have seen many of the challenges you face. 

  • Wisdom - learn from the depth of experience older colleagues can offer, especially around what has worked - and what hasn't - in the past. 
  • Workplace politics - they can be tricky to navigate so learn from the masters!
  • Soft skills - dress codes, firm handshakes, meeting the eye - they all make a difference!
  • Career progression - ask questions about expectations and opportunities in your workplace. 
  • Contacts - years of working life yield a broad spectrum of contacts - how might they help you?

by Anna,