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How to build your high performing multi-generation team

Do you know that by 2025, more than 50% of your team may be Generation Y or Millennials? Well, some of current organizations are already having 80 of the workforce being Generation Y. Are you currently and/or future ready to be managing a cross-generation, build your high performing team?

Watch this video blog for the 5 action you can take to build an engaging cross-generational team.

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Like this? Please share it with your colleagues and team members so that together, we can build more contemporary, engaging and inclusive workplaces. – Cheryl

P.S. Hosting our in demand  Talent Innovation Masterclass. This masterclass focuses on what’s needed for an engaged cross-generation team to thrive. Join us? Register here.

P.P.S. Here’s the FULL TRANSCRIPT

Hello there, my name is Cheryl. I’m the CEO of Life Workz and I work with organizations to create contemporary workplaces across cultures, gender and generations. Today I want to share with you as a manager one of five things that you can do to be leveraging across the generations that you have in your team. You might have baby boomers, Gen Xs, the younger ones the Gen Y and millenniums you might also to the other extreme of having the traditionalists still in your workplace. What can you do to be pulling them together as a team and more importantly, as a high performing team.

#1 Number one, set emotionally engaging common goals for one another. When they come together around a common goal, nothing else matters. All of us have our other agendas, but when you come together and you set a common goal that everybody agrees on, that’s what matters most. If possible, do not have your common goals around numbers. Create common goals that is emotionally touching because when that happens, it motivates.

#2 Number two, be able to create communication platforms that work. All of us are in an age where there’s an information overload. How can you best communicate so that your message gets through to your cross generational team? Is it via email, is it via just a discussion box, is it just an area where only your team members get in. Second note, but you get this then, you will find that your messages will get through because they know that that is the one place to get it.

#3 Third thing for you to consider, what are your modes of communication? Not all of us are for reading long emails, so you need to know how your different generations will be best consuming information. Is it just via an SMS? Is it just via [inaudible 00:01:59] or do you really need to spell it all out in an email? All these things are at your disposal so employ the best tools in accordance to the team that you have.

#4 Number four, you need to be looking at the different ways of rewarding them. The baby boomers all through to your Gen Ys all want recognition and all of them want to be rewarded for the good work that they’ve done but what is different is the way that they perceive the rewards that you are giving them. Make sure that the reward that you give them truly touch their hearts and is really in tune with them. For example, for a younger person, would it make sense to be giving them a gift voucher or will it be making sense to be giving them a gadget that is an in thing right now? With regards to recognition, would it make sense for a young person for you to just SMS them and say, what a great job. Send them a message. For an older person, it might do well to say, hey, let’s go have a coffee and I just want to thank you for a great job done.

#5 Final tip that you have across generations, and I know many managers tell me, it’s difficult to manage across generations because I need to be seen to be fair. Well, I would like to suggest to you that being fair doesn’t mean you do the same thing across. You may think that that’s being fair, but at the end of the day, you might not be rewarding, inspiring or engaging any of them because it is not done in a way that we just are to them. Yes, we all want to be rewarded. Yes, we all want to be recognized, but the way that we do it has to reach the objective. Being fair is not going to help you reach the objective. Helping them to realize that you care and that you appreciate what they’re doing is going to help you reach the objective.

There you have it. Five things that you can begin to practice right now as a manager so that you can get your cross generational team together and build them to what is a high performance team. My name is Cheryl and I look forward to be seeing you at the next episode where I’m going to be sharing more strategies and tools that you can employ as an organization or as a manager than you can better engage across cultures, gender and generations. Look forward to seeing you at the next episode.

Like this? Please share it with your colleagues and team members so that together, we can build more contemporary, engaging and inclusive workplaces. – Cheryl

P.S. Hosting our in demand  Talent Innovation Masterclass. This masterclass focuses on what’s needed for an engaged cross-generation team to thrive. Join us? Register here.

 

 

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