Leveraging the Age Gap at Workplaces: Nurture Seniors, Promote Freshers

Leveraging the Age Gap at Workplaces: Nurture Seniors, Promote Freshers

In corporate India, the generation gap is widening at an alarming speed with young workforce taking the centre stage in most industry sectors and the entry level age for employees coming down to as low as undergraduates in college in white collar jobs. Indian companies are vigorously struggling and scuffling with the different needs and clashes that take place on account of a multi-generational workforce in an organisation.

This generational shift in the workplace dynamics in India can be linked to the transition of the country from an agrarian economy to manufacturing and later services industry.
The presence of the youth workforce is noticeable in the new age industries like IT services. Interestingly, the composition of age groups in traditional manufacturing industries has more or less remained static.
The generation gap at the workplace has not been dealt appropriately by Corporate India. Social structures in India often tend to dictate the relationship that is to be maintained at the workplace as well. These social structures sometimes blur in conversations with referring to senior employees as uncle or aunty at the workplace.
Companies cannot altogether ignore the senior, experienced hands. Their years of experience and knowledge of their fields are indispensable to an organisation and retaining these professionals is just as important as hiring and developing the young, new talent.

One way to address the issue is to transform the definition of seniority with regard to age. Retirement age should just be a statistical number. Talented, fit and hardworking employees can go on and on.
Another way of-course is Engaging with Seniors. Various programmes should be organised to make employees feel involved and engaged at the workplace like investing in shadow programmes where employees will work for projects or programs as a shadow resource for a time period. This gives them scope for practical learning on the ground.

 

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