Friday, April 17, 2015

Multiple Generations in Mentoring: Poll Results

As promised, here are the results of the poll that closed last Thursday.

Have you found it challenging to include multiple generations in your mentoring program?

  • Yes – 20%
  • No – 60%
  • We don’t include multiple generations in our mentoring program – 20%
  • I’m not sure; I’ve never considered it – 0%

While 80% of respondents indicated that their mentoring program wasn’t challenged by including multiple generations, it bears asking if those respondents are challenged overall by multiple generations in the workplace (regarding communication and working styles, for example), and if yes, if the lack of those issues in their mentoring program is at least in part due to mentoring’s collaborative methodology.

Regardless, there have been a lot of articles and news reports in recent months, and even years, stressing the differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials, and urging their audiences to understand other generations’ needs and wants as employees. This is a commendable goal. But how does this impact our perception of each other as employees – and therefore how we work with each other?

Let us know your thoughts.

Learn more about how mentoring can help bridge the generation gap in the workplace.


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