With the increase in people working after the old fashioned ‘retirement’ age, we now have potentially five generations all at work at once! With Traditionalists and Baby Boomers competing with Millennials and Gen Z, it becomes a complex challenge to manage diverse teams who all need different motivations, communications and training. Claire shares her tips on how to support an ageing workforce.
By Claire Morley-Jones
Managers and leaders face a complex challenge which is becoming more and more critical regardless of industry and yet, this cross-generation skillset is not one which managers and SME owners usually have. That’s why understanding where you might need to adapt your leadership style, learning and practise is actually essential, particularly when UK productivity is at an all time low.
So, whilst we’ve covered Millennial needs in another blog, in this one we thought we’d address how SME leaders (predominantly now Gen X’ers) can relate well, motivate effectively, and support the ageing workforce around them.
Keeping talent is becoming more important, so it seems good business sense to take someone who has consistently delivered the right behaviours over their career and ensure that they have the skills fit for the future. The old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has been proven beyond doubt to be wrong, so now is the time to review your workforce skills gaps and work out where they can be plugged!
Baby Boomers are famed for their work ethic and commitment to getting the job done and have years of experience in the workplace so are less likely to switch employers. Re-training of the individuals with these characteristics can only support your bottom line and help it to grow! So how?
Well, we’re all going to have to start thinking carefully about how we develop and engage our employees because there is no longer a one size fits all approach. The good news is that Traditionalists and Baby Boomers expect to be exposed to development opportunities. The problem is that they expect this to be with a facilitator, instructor or trainer standing at the front of a room!
Here are my tops tips for making learning fun and beneficial for older workers:
If you’d like any more information or support with training methods, just get in touch with the HR180 Team!
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