Lesson: Bridging the Generation Gap at Work

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Lesson Objective

Bridging the Generation Gap

Lesson Plan

With the Baby Boomer generation retiring, the need to bridge the generation gap at work is even more important. Many businesses are looking at ways to attract this generation of workers in order to maintain their competitiveness.

In addition, this generation is now expected to take more responsibility and accountability. The older generation may be able to handle the job, but they have also grown up, married and have kids of their own. With many working parents, this generation of workers needs help getting their career goals set up and the benefits and salary levels needed to pay for them.

If you are concerned that the new jobs you will find with a younger generation might be less fulfilling than your current ones, you should think again. Many younger workers find they enjoy working with other people in a team environment and enjoy the interaction that comes from communicating openly and honestly with others. While older workers may feel that they are stuck in a rut, many of these younger workers feel that this is simply not true.

In fact, some companies are looking at training their employees to bridge the generation gap at work by including activities for the younger generation. By offering job fairs or having younger workers to work in group settings, a company can get the benefit of a youthful workforce that can communicate freely. This will also allow employees to experience the company atmosphere in a setting where they can interact with others.

Of course, bridging the gap at work doesn't mean that employees must give up their new jobs, because younger workers can sometimes be motivated by the financial rewards of these positions. As a result, it may be necessary to offer more benefits and salary than you would if the gap was just a few years.

To find out what is being offered in a job fair, contact the employer of your choice and ask what they are doing to make the transition. In some cases, there may be a lot of support from the organization and this will provide you with an idea about what you can expect. In other cases, the company may not be as helpful and you might have to do a lot of research to find out what is available. Most often, though, a job fair will be held for just a short time and then the job fair will be over and this provides you with an opportunity to get information and to network with people who can help you with the transition.

While you are at it, make sure to ask how you can bridge the gap at work and make sure that your employer knows this. so that you are not putting yourself in an uncomfortable while looking for work.

There are many ways for you to get into this position if you are a young generation who has been unemployed. Some employers offer work-study opportunities, while others have programs designed for the younger generation to bridge the gap at work. Even if you are an experienced worker who does not fit the demographic, you can look for new positions.

There are many examples of people who are in an unsupportive position in a company but then find a way to transition into another role within the company and still stay connected to their former co-workers. If you have been unemployed and are looking to move into a new position, consider getting into a new company as a way of bridging the gap at work.

Because everyone is different, bridging the generation gap at work can be a challenge for each individual who tries to get in touch with their co-workers. However, the best thing to do is to stay connected with people who are in the same position as you are.

By staying in touch with those who are in a similar position as you are, you can help them learn about the opportunities for bridging the gap at work and keep yourself informed of the newest job openings. While you can't predict whether or not you will be able to transition into a new position, you can always look around for new opportunities if you know that you want to stay connected to those in your current company.

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