Leveraging the best of all the generations in your team could result in benefits that help your workplace become a better place to work. Each generation brings unique traits that can complement the other generations. In this blog, you are going to learn the following on leveraging the power of the generations present in your team:
- Benefits of generation gaps
- How to learn from each other
- Embracing the unfamiliar
Let see how to make the best of a diverse environment.
Benefits of Generation Gaps
Having various generations in your team gives you access to varying perspectives and ideas. You should avoid discounting the value of a particular generation. Here are some benefits to having multiple generations in your team:
- You gain a good perspective of the external culture
- You can generate more ideas based on varying experiences
- The older generation can help the younger generation refine their social skills
- The younger generation can help the older learn how to leverage technology
- Create a mentoring environment
Keep in mind that whenever you have access to different views, ideas and way of doing things, you have a source of knowledge that is profound and leveraged for the organization’s benefit.
How to Learn from Each Other
Learning from each other in the team is possible if you create the environment. In order to achieve this, you must create the opportunities for learning to take place, make it a safe environment, and tie it to a team-building goal.
The FIT model for meetings is a helpful way to create a learning environment in your team meetings. FIT stands for the following:
Frequent—make sure your team meets frequently in a team-meeting environment. It can be once a month, once a week, etc. Having your team together in a group will help them engage each other, communicate, and dialogue. This is essential to any learning environment.
Informal—make your meeting less formal. This way everyone puts down his or her guard. Use an icebreaker activity or energizer. Making your meeting informal will allow your employees to share and learn. When it is formal, you will get very little interaction.
Team building—make your meetings about team building. Topics like updates, reports, etc., are best delivered by other means like email in a presentation. When your team gets together, celebrate achievements and discuss what went well and how they can do things better the next time. Also, bring in some new information to learn. Make it a mini training session. Create projects for them to accomplish in the meeting.
Embracing the Unfamiliar
Embracing the unfamiliar is something you need to do and help your team learn. It is easy to dismiss the unfamiliar, but that sends the wrong message to your team. Model the behavior by using the LEAD model.
LEAD stands for the following behaviors:
Look for unfamiliar things in the workplace. Be on the lookout for new ideas, attitudes, trends, etc. in the workplace you can investigate and learn more on the topic.
Engage it immediately. When you identify an unfamiliar concept or idea, embrace it immediately. Ask questions about it and take notes.
Acquire more knowledge on the topic. Research the topic and learn more about it. Look for reasons why this is valuable and why one should adopt it.
Disseminate the knowledge to the rest of the team. Once you gather the information, share it with your team in your meetings. Gain input on perspectives and tell them how this information helps you.
If you want to have your team to embrace the unfamiliar, you must lead the way with your own actions and behaviors. Model the behavior you want them to adopt. They will follow you if you do.