Welcome to our monthly show where I, Aga Bajer, along with my fellow culture enthusiast and Wonder co-founder, Shani Persson, delve into topics critical to cultivating thriving cultures at scale. Our aim is to share practical insights, empower you to make better decisions and help you achieve remarkable success in your culture work.
Today, we shine a spotlight on the intergenerational synergies at work.
The workplace landscape has transformed dramatically over the past few decades with 5 different generations now working side by side, each bringing their unique perspectives, experiences, and workstyles to the table.
While this diversity holds immense potential for innovation and growth, it can also give rise to misunderstandings, miscommunications, and even stereotypes.
Generational diversity, if not handled thoughtfully, can inadvertently lead to exclusion or discrimination.
Stereotypes, such as the belief that older workers are resistant to change or that younger employees lack experience, can hinder collaboration and teamwork.
In this chat, Shani and I unpack this topic and talk about how we create strategies that help our organization fight age-related stereotypes and create an environment where everyone unlocks their potential.
Stereotypes across generations
Tech-savvy isn’t a youth monopoly, and adaptability isn’t age-dependent. Individual traits outweigh generational labels.
Root causes of age-related tensions at work
The real culprits are biases, assumptions, and a culture that lacks curiosity and respect, not the calendar years between coworkers.
The synergy of age diversity
Generations don’t have to clash; they can complement. Each age group brings unique skills and perspectives to the table.
The evolution of ageism
Historical, technological, and societal shifts have fueled ageism, but culture plays a role too.
Culture, age, and independence
Western emphasis on independence skews our views on aging. Community and interdependence are often overlooked virtues.
Global perspectives on aging
From Sweden’s progressive policies to more communal societies, aging is viewed and managed differently worldwide.
The role of community in longevity
Places like Okinawa and Sardinia show that a strong sense of community and purpose can actually help you live longer and better. The workplace can be one of the communities people need to thrive as they age.
Turning age into an asset
Age diversity is an untapped resource, not a hurdle. It’s more about life cycles and less about generational tags.
Flexible work environments for all ages
Workplaces need to accommodate life’s stages, offering roles where both older and younger employees can mentor and learn from each other.
A new take on retirement
Rethinking the linear work-retire model opens doors to flexible life transitions, including short sabbaticals and staggered retirements.
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