Just by entering into the doors of a company, no matter the type or size, we meet people who are the age of our grandparents, parents, kids or grandkids. Today, the possibility that there are four unique generations in the same workplace is very likely. Businesses are living through a truly chaotic generational period; a phenomenon that requires the harmonious coexistence of employees of various ages with completely different principals and perspectives.
The third speaker of the day, Tamara Ericksontook the stage at the World Leadership Forum Mexicoto challenge our perspectives of the different generational factors that affect organizations. An expert in managing generational differences within the workplace, her presence combines the powerful respect of a business leader with the understanding, analytical mind of a psychologist.
Erickson’s concern stems from the end of growth in the global population that she foresees happening around mid-21st century. Due to this leveling off of the population, we will see an increase in the number of generations in the workplace.
As a leader, how will you be able to direct and manage such a diverse group of individuals? Erickson suggests following her 4 A’s for leaders of multigenerational organizations to better manage such a team:
It is already a challenge to manage a company considering the different personalities and interests of individual employees, but when you add in the factor of multiple generations the difficulties really start to emerge. However, instead of looking at diversity as a problem, the best resolution is to learn how to get the best out of each generation, coexisting in the same workplace with the same common goal: the success of the organization!
Tamara Erickson, internationally recognized expert in managing generational differences within the workplace, suggests how to best take advantage of the differences of each generation in order to achieve the best performance and coexist.
An exclusive interview extracted from the magazine WOBI by contributor Viviana Alonso
Speaker at World Leadership Forum Mexico, one of the exclusive Thinkers 50 and author of books fundamental to understanding the phenomenon of generational work differences, in the following interview Tamara Erickson explains the differences between the age groups that make up the current work environment.