Today young and old people work together in the same workplace. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
At present, an increasing number of workers representing different generations tend to work in one team. In my opinion, I believe that this trend brings by far more benefits in as much as this collaboration enables both combining different approaches and motivation resulting from this interaction, while any possible misunderstandings are negligible in the long run.
Although employees of diverse age groups might have conflicting views, it is this diversity that ensures a multifaceted attitude towards achieving a particular company’s aims. This is because, collaborating on one project, not only junior team members gain a golden opportunity of being exposed to the many-year experience of their older colleagues, but also the latter are likely to discover cutting-edge innovations. Another convincing merit of employing diversified staff is this encourages workers for new accomplishments, be they youngsters or senior citizens. Knowing that the newly employed are eager to climb the career ladder, experienced employees are likely to update their expertise in order to stay competitive; while their younger colleagues, in turn, being fueled by their ambitions for promotion, aim to acquire practical experience. A prime example is Google, known for hiring specialists with nearly a 40-year age gap for this very purpose.
Admittedly, if it were not for the age diversity in a particular company, some probable conflicts based on differences in mentality could be prevented, more often than not. Being representatives of various epochs and, thus, having a versatile cultural background, rarely can mixed-aged colleagues avoid misunderstandings. However, be that as it may, if not provided with an opportunity to dispute, they will not be able to polish their negotiation skills on site. To illustrate, top managers working for the leading car producer Toyota, who are considered most skillful negotiators in this industry, represent age categories from 30 to 60 years old.
In conclusion, I am convinced that the benefits reaped from exchanging experiences while collaborating with diversely aged co-workers take precedence over any possible disagreements stemming from variable perceptions.