What does your team look like? Some of the best companies know that a workforce full of people from various backgrounds and generations is how you achieve success in the world that we’re living in. From boomers to Gen Z, each generation can bring something unique to the table, so here are a few things to consider as you adapt to changing demographics in today’s work environment:
Think about experience
When you’re looking for new candidates for projects, one thing to consider is experience. When it comes to your older prospects, their resumes may offer the kind of expertise that you know that you want on your team. While you’re going to do cheap background checks on everyone that you interview and consider for your team, it helps to know that there are professionals who have the background that can provide you with seasoned results.
Consider a unique world-view in the changing landscape
While your older generation can bring expertise, Gen Z may offer the kind of current view on world matters that makes a difference in how you reach today’s clientele. A fresh view of how to best reach customers can make a difference in the content that you put out, the demographic that you’re trying to appeal to, and even how projects are done.
It allows for more immersive collaboration
When you have a group of people all expressing one type of opinion, what you could get is a bubble type of result. However, differences in opinion or ideas can help your team collaborate together to create stunning results that may appeal to more than one demographic.
The combination of unique skill sets, talent, and creative viewpoints can ensure quality results that are innovative and unique for today’s audience. Of course, having different generations on your team may also pose some challenges, from expectations to performance. There may also be issues with communication, which is why it’s also important to work on creating a company culture that allows for a more welcoming and inclusive environment.
It just makes sense
The truth is that any company that hopes to go far will want to hire people from various backgrounds, ages, and even countries. Having a diverse team for your company’s projects means that no one is left unreached. If you want to reach a broad range of people, you wouldn’t want to only have the ideas of one specific demographic, right?
Sharing ideas and perspectives between multiple generations helps to build unique relationships and even allows for mentoring opportunities. Whatever industry your brand may be in, if you have a broad demographic to reach, it simply makes sense to have a mixed demographic of people on your team to make it easier for you to appeal to your audiences.
Different generations can bounce ideas off each other
Here is the thing, many parents of Gen Z and Millennials worked for years without the type of technology that we may have today and while the younger generations are tech-savvy, we can learn a thing or two from the generations who learned how to succeed without the type of tools that we have today. Many of the great aspects of this type of work history are that they bring a type of unique knowledge to the job that the younger generation may be missing.
On the flip side, Gen Z may be able to showcase how a project can be streamlined and how to use the tools that ensure more customers or clients are reached. With this type of collaboration of skills, experience, expertise, knowledge, and views, you can do more than you could otherwise.
Together we can go further. While you may benefit from fresh viewpoints and recent educational experience from your younger employees, your older employees can bring years of on-the-job experience. Consider how relying on a multi-generational workforce can benefit your brand. Because it definitely will.