Thriving in a Multi-generational Workplace

Whether you’re the “old guy” at #work or working with a bunch of older employees, you can all learn to get along and do great things. Read our tips for how to handle a mixed #workplace!

Gone are the days when you got a job out of high school or college and then worked there for 40 years, got a party and gold watch before living off your pension and IRA.

Whether it’s for financial reasons or to fulfill a desire to remain productive and useful, workers are remaining employed way past traditional retirement age. According to Business Insider.com U.S. census statistics report that, as of February 2019, about 20% of Americans over age 65 — a total of 10.6 million people — were either working or looking for work.

This resulted in today’s multi-generational workplace, which brings with it conflicts from work ethic to technological know-how.

Here’s how older workers can face the workday feeling like an integral part of their team:

Break down generational stereotypes. Understanding other age groups’ work styles leads to respectful attitudes. Working on a project with a younger co-worker can integrate varied viewpoints, and often produces innovative ideas.

Learn from each other. While older workers can pass along their years of knowledge and experience as well as business contacts, younger workers can share their experience with the latest tech and social media channels.

Fill in communication gaps. Let your manager know if you are not comfortable with the method of communication in the office. Unless it is mandatory that workers use the company email or messaging system, let your manager know your preferred communication methods.

Respect each other. In creating a harmonious work environment, it all comes down to mutual respect. The key to establishing respect among generations is knowing that your co-workers’ motivation, work style and experience is different than yours. It also helps to be flexible and accommodate their needs and preferences.

It takes effort on everyone’s part to create balance in a multi-generational workplace. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Your turn: What’s your experience working in a multi-generational workplace? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Staying Active at Your Desk Job

You don’t have to sacrifice your health for your 9-to-5

Young woman in workout attire performing a calf stretch on her desk at workStaying active and fit is difficult for everyone and for those with a desk job, sitting for eight or more hours per day and finding the time to be active can be even more challenging. But having a 9-to-5 doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health. Consider these few easy ways to increase your activity at work.

Standing desk
Many offices will arrange for you to have a standing desk upon request. Your desktop is raised to chest-height when you’re standing in your cubicle or office. Having a standing desk will improve your posture, circulation and overall energy levels. You can also have a chair nearby if you get tired of being on your feet. If your office doesn’t have a standing desk option, try sitting on a balance ball. It will help improve your posture and it forces you to focus on your balance throughout the day, therefore strengthening your core.

Take the stairs
If you work on an upper floor, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. Now, if you work on the 35th floor of a sky rise, no one expects you to climb all the way to the top. However, by taking the stairs up or down three or four flights, then hopping on the elevator, you’re upping your activity levels in the morning and at the end of the day.

Make in-person visits
If you have a quick question for a colleague, skip the email. By walking over to their workspace to speak with them directly, you’ll add to your activity levels. Plus, you’ll strengthen your relationship with that individual and encourage a friendlier working environment.

Take a break
Instead of flipping over to one of your many social media accounts during your break, go for a walk. If the weather is nice, take a stroll outside and enjoy the fresh air. If it’s cold, take a few laps around the interior perimeter of the building. You may even run into someone you know or meet someone new.

Stretch
Stretching doesn’t require a whole lot of space or excessive amounts of energy. From your seat, you can reach your arms up to the sky and stretch your arms, back and neck. You can even stand up and stretch your legs if you’re feeling antsy. Stretching will improve blood flow throughout your body and keep your muscles awake.

Go out for lunch
Instead of eating lunch at your desk, consider going out to eat. Even if you pack a lunch, take a walk to a nearby park or another dining area where you can sit and enjoy your food. Walking to and from the off-site location will help get your legs moving and give you a change of pace.

Finding time to exercise is tough when you’re working a full-time desk job, but you don’t have to give up an active lifestyle. Try incorporating these few techniques into your daily routine. The results may surprise you.

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