Like most conflicts, it’s mostly about both sides being unable to listen without becoming defensive and buying into stereotypes instead of creating teachable moments. As a Gen Xer, I find both Millennials and Baby Boomers slightly annoying yet quite charming in different ways. I know that Baby Boomers can be rigid and hierarchical and Millennials can come across as entitled and lax, but I also appreciate the wisdom and experience of Boomers and the networked competence and insistent and innovative energy of Millennials. And since nobody asked, I thought I would lay out some advice on how to play nice in the workplace.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
There is a place for innovation and for experience.
The Internet is so cool, but remember you need to know how to use it.
briefings for meetings with the wrong Jim’s bio attached.
People and screens can both be important.
folks. Going off email to write is a really effective way to focus. Learn how others manage time, email, and connections – try something new.
a little humility. If you know Baby Boomers can be seen as condescending, try really listening. Maybe y’all will actually communicate and I can get back to my day job!