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July 14, 2019

Tips for Working for a Younger Manager

As more and more of the working population delays retirement, the odds increase that employees in their fifties and sixties may find themselves being managed by a younger person and feel trapped in an uncomfortable or unworkable situation. There are several important tips to keep in mind for successfully working for a younger manager.

Let Go of Stereotypes

When younger managers and older workers are initially paired in a work environment, it’s easy for stereotypes to surface. Younger managers may assume that older workers have less energy and enthusiasm and will refuse to change, while older workers may think young management is too inexperienced. To create a productive work environment, no one should rush into judgment just because of someone’s age. Older workers should refrain from constantly referring to the ways things used to be or how it was back in the old days or making jokes about age differences.

Be Open to Learning

Older workers should let younger managers know that they are still eager to learn better, newer, and more efficient techniques for getting the job done. When older workers take the attitude that what’s most important is accomplishing team objectives and doing a good job, they can enter into a partnership with younger managers where everyone benefits.

Respect All Around

Older workers shouldn’t automatically assume that because of their years in the workforce, they always know best. Focus on showing younger managers that their talents and techniques have proven valuable over time. When older workers show respect for their younger manager’s input and suggestions, a positive team attitude develops that makes it easier to bridge the generation gap.

The bottom-line is getting the job done and being positively productive.

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