Many of our corporate clients ask how they can get all the generations working together and maximizing their human capital potential.
One of the most effective and creative ways is to create cross-generational teams . There are two benefits to using this approach. First, team members develop a greater appreciation for the power and perspective of the other generations. Second, each generation will approach the problem from different aspects. Their unique experiences will suggest possible solutions that might not be considered outside of a single generational perspective.
Managers will need to create these teams carefully. There are certain ideal generational pairings that foster tremendous synergy. Other parings will take more thought and guidance to be productive. For instance, you’ll want to pair Millennials with the Veteran generation. The Millennials see the value in the knowledge of this older generation and the Veterans enjoy the mentoring aspect of the relationship.