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Tips for Managing Multiple Generations on the Construction Site

Cotney- Managing Multiple Generations
February 25, 2019 at 6:00 a.m.

By Cotney Construction Law.

Few workplaces are as diverse as the construction site.

The construction site is one of the most diverse workplaces you can find. Men and women from all different socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures come together to make up the workforce. There is however, another type of quickly growing form of diversity on the construction site. As Baby boomers (49 to 67 years old) are starting to retire from the construction industry, this gives way to a new generation of millennials (18-32 years old) with Generation X and Yers also starting to make up a large portion of the employee population. Each of these age groups come to the construction site with their own set of expectations and approaches for both life and work. At times these age groups may have attitudes which conflict with those of another age group.  For example, millennials tend to think that baby boomers are out of touch and inflexible. Most of the other groups find millennials to be entitled and lacking mental toughness.These conflicts can present a challenge for managers regardless of the industry, however, managing employees from multiple generations is something that all managers must work to resolve.

Figuring Out the Motivations for Each Group

Each age group might have unique motivations, yet they are all attainable if you as a manager are able to work flexibly and creatively. While everyone may be motivated by money to a certain degree, you must go beyond that. Millennials have lofty expectations for their employment and may require consistent direction. Allowing millennials to be innovative by giving them assignments that provide unique experiences and opportunities to use technology can be a great motivational tool.. Gen Xers and Boomers enjoy recognition. Recognizing their importance and their experience in the industry is a cost-free way to provide motivation. Making sure that Gen X and Yers have a voice in how projects are run is another creative way to provide motivation.

Mentorship and Training

Many problems can be solved with a simple focus on training. Millennials, in particular, tend to receive training and feedback well. Setting up symbiotic  mentorship programs where millennials can learn from experienced senior staff members and senior staff members can learn about emerging technology from the millennials.

To read the full article, please visit: Cotney Construction Law

 Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.



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