In today’s workplace, there are at least three different generations trying to coexist. Each of these generations brings a wide variety of skillsets and viewpoints that are equally beneficial to the company. Having a multigenerational workforce is a great advantage to companies today.
Some of the key benefits of embracing a multigenerational workforce are:
- Diverse Skillset
A workforce composed of different age demographics creates an environment where each generation brings different skills and talents to the table. For example, young employees likely have a strong grasp on the use of high-tech business mediums such as social networking, online product demonstrations and webcasting. More mature professionals often have exceptional interpersonal skills and perform well in environments where traditional in-person communication is used.
The practice of multi-generational workplace mentoring offers many advantages. In a mixed-age workforce where companies value knowledge, experience and skill above age, seniority or gender, employees of all ages have the opportunity to teach, share and learn from one another.
A workforce heavily composed only of people in a particular age demographic runs the risk of becoming obsolete. In a workforce dominated only by young professionals, there is no opportunity for generational mentoring; in a workforce dominated only by mature employees, workers eventually retire from the company, leaving behind few people who are familiar with the company’s history.
However, in a multigenerational workforce, everyone can learn from each other and carry out different tasks that add onto the continuity of an organization.
- Mix of Generational Based Tradition
Just as younger generations are credited with having good working knowledge of business technology, more mature members of a workforce have the advantage of traditional business skills. This diversity gives businesses the advantage of being able to communicate and deal with customers across all age spectrums
Individually, all the generations have their own key advantages they bring to an organization. Together, they are a much stronger fort and a competitive advantage any company would want.