Shared Learning Closes the Generational Divide

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Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

“There’s a great cultural and technological divide between younger and older workers, but both can benefit from each other’s knowledge and skills in important ways.

What Younger Workers Can Teach Older Workers

  • New technologies that will impact internal collaboration and their profession and industry and how to use them.
  • The importance of diversity and how it can benefit the team, since younger employees are the most diverse in history.
  • How change is inevitable, why the skills of today may not be as valuable in the future, and how to learn new skills.
  • Why they shouldn’t give up on their dreams. Research shows that younger workers are more optimistic and can use that to inspire older workers.
  • The collaborative mind-set that will help older workers best interact with them, brainstorm, and come up with new ideas.

 

What Older Workers Can Teach Younger Ones

  • The struggles and setbacks of building a career and the importance of having years of experience.
  • The soft skills that have helped them build the relationships that have made them successful.
  • The loyalty that makes others on your team want to invest in your learning and development.
  • The regrets they might have had in their career and how to not make the same mistakes.
  • How to manage corporate politics that naturally occur in any corporation, especially larger ones.
  • The skill to handle conflicts in the workplace and the wisdom to use those conflicts to actually solve problems and form stronger relationships in the aftermath (p. 133-135).”

From: Schawbel, D. (2018). Back to human: how great leaders create connection in the age of isolation. (e-book edition). New York: Hachette Book Group.

Questions for Reflection:

  • What is something that you have learned from a younger worker?
  • What is something that you have learned from an older worker?
  • Why is it important for all generations to interact in the workplace?
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Tue, 07/11/2023 - 10:08am -- pollard.145@osu.edu

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