Boomers – they’re workaholics that are difficult, stuck in their ways and unwilling to learn. Millennials – they’re entitled, unreliable and don’t have any work ethic.
WRONG! These are stereotypes and a common misconception!Both groups have a lot of great skills and attributes to contribute to the workplace and when your team actually gets to know the people they work with on a personal level, they'll quickly notice that the gap isn’t quite that big between the two
So how can your business bridge the gap and prove that it isn’t really that big at all? You help your team get to know one another. Here are four ways to do that:
- Create a mentorship program
Team up workers with more years of experience with younger, newer employees. When teaming up pairs, consider personalities, interests and values. Also consider each member's strengths and weaknesses, so that you can set up workers who will help make each other better and teach each other new things.
- Build diverse teams
When creating teams for projects, make sure to include a diverse range of employees.. This will create a group of people who have different experiences and backgrounds, which means more perspectives. This can lead to better discussions and creativity.
- Switch up the seating plan
If you want your team to interact more, take a page from your teacher’s playbook – break up cliques and rearrange the seating chart. By rearranging the office, you can help your employees get to know each other better and get people talking who normally wouldn’t do so.
- Get out of the office
Regardless of how evolved and modern we want the workplace to be, at the end of the day it is still a workplace. People are there to work and taking time out of the day to get to know each other doesn’t always feel natural. That’s why you may want to consider taking team building out of the office. This will help staff members feel less like they are at work, which may help them be more open to getting to know one another.
Consider a corporate team building event that gives your employees a singular goal to work towards together, while having a bit of fun. This may be a Bonding For Charity event like Bicycle Building or Pack a Sack. It could be a team challenge where groups of employees compete against one another to create a culinary masterpiece or be the first to complete a list of fun challenges. You could even host a game show with questions that help bridge the generational gap and show staff that they have more in common than they think.
At the end of the day, it isn’t about forcing two completely different groups of people to work together. Bridging the gap is more about throwing misconception out the door and taking the time to really get to know each other. Doing so will help employees see that they really do have a lot in common and can help each other be even better.
Interested in learning more about how a corporate team building event can help improve collaboration and productivity within your team? Get in touch with Teambonders today.