As Millennials’ presence in the workplace grows, their numbers among managers and leadership teams is also increasing. It’s only natural that there’s some conflict among these employees and older generations. Millennials’ world view may seem at odds sometimes with both their co-workers and long-established business protocols.
Why The Conflict?
Millennials’ perspective is strongly different that of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, who are often company leaders and decision-makers. These younger employees are in a subordinate position. There may be instances where their expertise and understanding of an idea or issue are undervalued.
By the same token, when Millennials advance to positions of leadership or management, implementing their own vision can be challenging.
Again, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers may resist change and the divergent outlook. Gen Xers and Boomers – accustomed to majority and seniority in many ways – may be out of sync with their Millennial colleagues and supervisors. Conflict and miscommunication may be intensified because of the added weight of generational differences.
There’s no getting around it though – Millennials will make up nearly half the workforce by about 2020. Interpersonal conflict among Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers is likely to shift several times over the next few years as roles and responsibilities change. But it is possible to make connections among members of a team that can bend and flex to withstand shifts, both short-term and long-term.
Learn Strategies for Making Connections
A carefully crafted workshop designed to enhance the connections among Millennials and their colleagues can provide much-needed direction and relief for all sides. Inspire and motivate employees across generational lines, improve teamwork and unify diverse populations.
Employees’ greater awareness of varied mind-sets at work can prompt greater adaptability. Stronger communication skills can mitigate conflict.
Create Generational Bridges
Custom workshops are tailored to the unique needs of each organization. Company managers and employees are empowered with Information and strategies to support workplace success. Program participants will be able to:
- Describe overall characteristics of each generation and how they influence people in the workplace.
- Learn the difference between logical thinking and mosaic thinking.
- Identify and hone the characteristics that generate a positive influence on others.
Workshop content is based on established psychological theories and sound management practices:
- Conflict analysis using the theory of transactional analysis. Employees will learn how to understand others’ verbal and nonverbal changes and cues. They will be able to pick up on patterns or changes in behavior during an interaction and respond appropriately.
- Management strategies specific to Millennials.
Generational bridges illuminate a clear path forward for teams, departments, and companies. Employees who can acknowledge differences and seek out opportunities to capitalize on them for the benefit of the team are primed for success.
Contact us today to learn more about how our Millennial Connections workshop can ease conflict and build stronger, more effective teams.