Mark Zuckerberg has one dress style, the tee shirt, and Google offers a four-word dress code: You must wear clothes. Millennials drive Boomers crazy. But can they work together on the same team?
Millennials are often characterized as over-protected by their helicopter parents, and described as:
- Casual in everything besides dress
- Needing immediate feedback (usually in the form of praise)
- Thinking they are really tech-savvy because they are generally plugged into
But are they really addicted to texting, even with their mothers? Sure, they may consider themselves as multitaskers who can listen to music, text friends, and follow a conversation at work, all at the same time – but isn’t that a skill?
Millennials do have rather creative thoughts and are eager to share them… because traditional stuff bores them. They move from job to job frequently, looking for new experiences and novelty.
In the meantime:
- Boomers still control most of the work world with their traditional rules and
- Boomers are working longer years because their ‘nest egg’ hasn’t kept up with the expenses of retirement
- Boomers are living longer and can’t face the level of boredom retirement threatens to
Millennials and Boomers are nearly even in the workforce, somewhere around 80 million strong.
Can these two generations reconcile their differences?
The answer is “Yes!” And it can begin in team meetings. The pairing can work together with zest when Boomers understand that Millennials do want to count and be noticed. Likewise, Millennials must slow down and listen to the experience of Boomers.
Coming together in teams is the proverbial “where the rubber meets the road.”
Boomers, with their experience, can be an anchor for drifting Millennials. Millennials, in turn, can be a fresh look at what is possible for Boomers.
With all of the rapid changes in the workforce, a collaboration between Boomers and Millennials will keep up with the unforeseeable future jobs that are waiting for Boomers who still want to work – and for Millennials who will fill those new endeavors.
Boomers and Millennials working on the same team is a win-win for both generations.