Bridging the Gap in a Multi-generational Office

The modern workplace is continually changing shape, and with more employees choosing to retire later in life, there’s a greater chance of capitalizing on the perks of a multi-generational office environment. But with this great opportunity for multiple perspectives, varying experience levels, and an endless supply of backgrounds and skill sets to draw from also comes the challenge of bridging multiple gaps between coworkers. So if you find yourself heading a team of professionals who all come from different generations, or even if you have just one outlier who happens to be older or younger than the rest, how do you ensure that everyone feels included and up-to-date on work-related matters? With an open mind and a few tweaks to your leadership style, it’s definitely possible, and your business will be the better for a more cohesive working team. Collaborations  In most industries, brainstorming sessions and collaborations are essential parts of getting a project off the ground. You can also use these to bring members of your team together to see how everyone contributes to the work, and therefore get the generations mingling and talking to one another. Things tend to get lost in translation over email or instant messenger, so try to have these activities carried out in person as often as possible with an open line of communication. Flexibility It’s easy to get stuck in your ways when a management style works. But when you’re working with people from different age groups, you’ll find that they respond in varying ways, too. If projects are taking longer than usual to complete, or maybe the quality of the work...

5 Leadership Skills that Help Boost Productivity

As a manager or senior member of the staff, you probably feel a lot of pressure to keep your team motivated and effective. After all, it’s your job to encourage productivity and make both the company and your employees the best they can be, all while doing your part to keep customers or clients happy and loyal to your business. So how do you pull off such a tough feat? It sounds daunting, but you already have the tools you need – otherwise, you wouldn’t be in a management position to start with. It’s time to call on your key skills and use them in a way that keeps your department running efficiently, and lets your employees feel valued in the workplace. To that end, we’ve pulled together five of the leadership skills you need to boost productivity and improve company culture all at the same time. Decisiveness You didn’t get to where you are without making a few tough calls. So when it comes time to be the tie-breaker, don’t hesitate. Your team needs to know that you can keep everything moving by removing the roadblocks, as it were. And when they know that you have their backs, and will support their work on your end, they’ll probably start being a little more decisive on theirs, too. An analytical mind While this skill may not be the one you think of when it comes to connecting with your employees, it’s the one you need to do your part in keeping the machine running. Creativity has its time and place, but as a manager, you deal more in the...