“You’re old and stale and holding the company back.”
“You’re young, inexperienced, and a big slacker.”
Maybe these things aren’t being said aloud, but unless you are living under a rock, you’ve likely experienced the tension between the older and younger generations in the workplace.
In February 2017, I witnessed an excellent first step toward bridging this divide by Asbury Memorial UMC's youth group. Inspired by an article in the New York Times on reverse mentoring, church leaders gathered together the high school students in our youth group and planned a Tech Workshop. The youth group members were going to be the teachers and the more “seasoned” church members were the students.
Below is the cute advertisement they did one Sunday…
They had over 30 adults in the church attend the workshop. Amazing.
There were different stations for the various devices. There were Boomers and Gen Z kids laughing together. Amazing.
You could totally do this in your organization.
Want to experience a productivity gain in your company? Host a Tech Workshop. Chances are the younger folks will volunteer to be mentors and older ones will sign up to be the mentees. So many expectations for coaching and developing others are put on our more experienced workers. Why not give them a chance to learn a new trick or two?
Dr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at email@example.com or call 912-417-2505.Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website, melissagratias.com.