Monday, March 20, 2017
Today, companies are looking to fill their management roles with people who are “digital natives,” normally millennials and Gen X-ers. All the while, baby boomers are staying on the job longer, and retirees are looking for a second act and rejoining the ranks. Consequently, these older generations will be answering to managers much younger than them. In fact, a recent study found that 38% of American workers had a younger boss. Further, research shows that older workers are less responsive to their younger bosses because it is difficult to adjust to such power rankings. Rightfully so, our technology-oriented society has made it more difficult for older workers to adapt to the ever-changing workplace flow. We just have to figure out how to make it work.
See Joanne Kaufman, When the Boss Is Half Your Age, N.Y. Times, March 17, 2017.
Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.