At age 24, Roberta Matuson was promoted into management. Hear what she learned, and what younger managers can do to effectively lead those who are old enough to be their parent or grandparent. Plus, watch how these management challenges play out in real life.
- Early in my career, at age 24,…I was promoted into management.…I suddenly found myself responsible…for managing employees…who were old enough to be my parents,…and one even old enough to be my grandparent.…The experience was jolting,…both for me and my direct reports.…From those experiences, I'd like to share four tips…on how to manage an older worker,…with the hopes that things will go…smoother for you than they did for me.…
First, lots of younger leaders…believe that asking an older worker for advice…is a sign of weakness.…Actually, the opposite is true.…Older workers generally have lots to share,…and appreciate it when a younger boss asks their advice.…And when you do, you're also strengthening…your relationship with these team members.…After all, who doesn't like to be asked their opinion?…Second, remember that older workers…don't necessarily learn the way younger workers do.…
Here's one example.…Many younger workers pick up new computer programs…with little effort.…As a result, they might expect…everyone to do the same,…
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- The ways different generations approach work
- Managing a younger employee
- Managing an older employee or boss
- Resolving generational clashes
- Leveraging generational differences
- Training a multigenerational team