A recent survey from executive development firm Future Workplace and Beyond, The Career Network, found that 83 percent of respondents have seen millennials managing Gen X and baby boomer workers in their office. However, 45 percent of baby boomers and Gen X respondents said millennials lack managerial experience, which could have a negative impact on a company's culture. More than a third of millennial respondents said managing older generations is challenging.
I became the CEO of a technology company in 2009, when I was 28 years old. I have experienced the challenges of managing four different generations in the workplace, including employees more than twice my age. To say the least, it requires a highly adaptable leadership style. Based on my experience, here are six practices that can help foster multigenerational collaboration and technical agility in any workplace environment.