Young Manager, Older Worker
There are several strong actions a younger or new manager can incorporate when managing older, more experienced workers. It doesn’t have to be a struggle, rather a place for mutual respect for both generations.
“5 Steps to Master Managing People Older Than You” on Personal Branding blog by Aaron McDaniel highlights important understanding in managing employees with more experience and knowledge you may have in the role.
Over the next few months I labored to learn the best way to manage people with more experience and knowledge than I had. Luckily, learning how to do this was not rocket science, it just involved incorporating a few simple rules that not only created a better working environment but led to consistent results.
One of their points “never pull the boss card” is important no matter who you manage. In managing employees your focus needs to be on communicating direction of the company and supporting each person to perform at their highest level. Saying “I’m the boss and that’s why you have to do” only frustrates your employees and highlights your inexperience as a manager. Always take the high road and explain to each person the reasons for their work. The more they understand, they more they can support you.
In managing all employees you need to have strong communication skills and respect for each person on your team. The older worker is in a different career passage, though that doesn’t mean they stop contributing to the success of the team.
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