As a result of the changes that the pandemic has brought to the work environment in recent years, it has become clear that both hybrid and remote workplaces have much to offer. Whether or not there is a backlash to the new changes, the pandemic has created a challenge for those accustomed to a traditional work model.
On the other hand, for there to be harmony within the culture of the organization, it is of utmost importance to involve all employees through their experiences, knowledge, behaviors, lifestyles, etc. Above all, it is necessary to understand that not only leaders can contribute to the company’s culture, and that the younger workforce has the ability to alter traditional models and question anything worth questioning through new knowledge, since most of the time they are of great contribution in the adaptation process.
Here are 4 points relevant to the multigenerational workforce as defined by Entrepeneur:
- Challenges the sacred status of authority.
One of the strengths of the younger generations is how they have figured out how to break through the bureaucracy in the corporate environment. They don’t let it scare or intimidate them.
It is known that employees with a traditional work model expected to gain experience to feel secure, because the education and the way of life before was to follow the rules to the letter, while the new generation faces reality looking for new ways to do things better. In addition, they have discovered that some rules have been losing meaning, and due to the changes that the environment is undergoing, they are beginning to question whether these rules should still exist.
Importantly, members of this next generation look at rules that might have made sense a few decades ago, but make less sense today, and wonder why they still need to exist.
- Job hoppers bring more to the table.
Today we know that staying in a job for several years has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, staying in the same work environment, allows you to achieve a career line, recognition, professional growth and more. On the other hand, the disadvantage is that it limits people to know a unique environment, making learning passive and experience is formed over the years.
But what happens to those who only stay for a short period, which is mostly made up of the younger generation, when their contract ends they walk out the door questioning the bureaucracy and looking for ways to do things better, gaining better experiences, they return to face another environment with a better foundation to bring to their next job.
- Adapting is a responsibility
Managers can understand and lead great teams, but for that to happen they must keep up with the changing demands of employees.
Keeping human talent around for a long time is the magic that all organizations must work on, but they must also understand that times are changing and they must be prepared for it when it happens.
Even if the good ones leave, you must keep the best and the contribution that their work has offered to the organization/team.
This is why activities outside of work are recommended for volunteering at a senior center. Spend a Saturday morning cleaning the beach, or an afternoon at a food bank. Get involved where the community needs your help for positive public exposure and an opportunity to bond on a deeper level with your team.
- Everyone can come along for the ride.
Growing up with technology developing around them, young people have cultivated a more fluid mindset around adapting to change. The best thing the organization could do is identify the key areas where people are having trouble with technology, and the best people who are able to explain them, then a webinar is organized to get the whole company on the same page.
With age, experience and knowledge, older generations may feel that younger generations know it all, but time matters and everything changes. Younger people may approach employment differently than older generations, but tomorrow’s leaders are the ones who disrupt today’s old patterns. Constantly listening to and learning from the knowledge of younger people is important to adapt to today’s world because their generation will shape the future of business.