Can’t seem to agree with your superiors? The traction between the Millennials and Baby Boomers is certainly present in the workplace. We are constantly pitted against each other. But should there really be a battle of the “better” generation?
Before you place your bets, why not shift your perspective? Instead of gauging who the best generation is, we should learn from each other’s age group. In doing this, we not only avoid unnecessary conflict but also foster mutual cooperation.
With this, we highlight the qualities we can learn from Baby Boomers.
They Have Tons of Experience
Baby Boomers are born between early-to-mid 1940s up to around 1964. The “baby boom” sparked after World War II. Simply put, after the long war, husbands from the army went home and made love to their wives. And BOOM: more than 70 million kids within 1940 to 1964.
The Baby Boomers are arguably the most “senior” in the workplace. They have reached probably higher positions by now. And surely, they have climbed up for a reason. You can’t discount the valuable experience they amassed during this years. And this is no doubt a strength. We all know: experience is one of our best teachers.
Even with this, we might dismiss their old approach early on. This should not be the case. These experiences might provide better perspectives when planning the next move or brainstorming for answers. You may find the solution thru their valuable experience.
The Have Amassed Institutional Knowledge
You may not want to stay in a company for a “dead end” job for too long. But then, if you want to at least do well in a company or a project, it is not bad to get tips from your colleagues. And where else to get it best? Yes! From your new baby boomer co-workers!
They have been with the company for almost 20 years already! For sure, they have a grasp on what are the dos and don’ts. They have institutional knowledge. We should learn from them.
Politics of Politeness
The younger generations definitely despise hierarchy in organizations. But then, we can’t deny that if we want to go up the ladder, we should cruise along office and business politics.
With amassed experience and institutional knowledge, the baby boomers certainly have the knack for the politics of politeness. They turn person-to-person interaction into successful business connections.
They have uncanny soft skills to interact. With the younger generation’s reliance on technology to communicate, this skill slowly getting foreign to the young.
Emulating their prowess in this area might open doors to new business prospects. And if you’re lucky, they might even introduce you to their Business Networks. Given their credibility, it is an advantage in our careers.
After all, to be successful, it’s not entirely what we know but who we know that counts.
For what it’s worth, it is not bad to be open to learning from our predecessors. This unity of strengths will make us better in our craft and make our business teams better overall.