Fascinating item on American National Public Radio (NPR) about the important of older employees learning to use social media applications, and how their younger colleagues can teach them. Listen and/or read here.
When it comes to older employees and their younger bosses, it's more than just age and technology — it can be a cultural divide, says Lisa Orrell, a generation relations expert and the author of Millennials Incorporated. Millennials are people born in 1980 or later, also known as Generation Y.
"What's happening is all of a sudden you're 53 years old and you've got a 28-year-old manager, and the millennials are very, very, very different," Orrell says.
They've grown up with the Internet and love to communicate. At the same time younger people are coming into management, Orrell says, many baby boomers are delaying retirement.
Her advice to older employees: "They have got to be a heck of a lot more flexible than they've been."