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Whether it’s through a sheer surge in entrepreneurial spirit or a need to provide income for longer, people are entering the workplace earlier and leaving it later. Young people want to plunge into the world of work sooner, whilst the retirement age gets pushed back further and further.

Studies by the Office of National Statistics show that the number of people age 70+ still working has more than doubled in a decade. It also revealed that in the UK, there are now more than 53,000 people aged 80+ still working, with 25% of those still working full time hours.

This broadening of professional generations means the age span of the modern workforce is expanding. As a result, most teams are now made up of staff from various different decades and therefore various different outlooks, abilities and approaches to work.

Anne Willmot, who is the Age Campaign Director at Business in the Community explains that “employers can now have up to five generations working together in the same workplace.” That’s a broad spectrum of experience, expectation, and needs.

Multigenerational management

Going forward into 2020 and beyond, these two words should be your mantra when it comes to business ownership and workforce management. It means adapting your approach and your processes in order to include and support all age groups, equally.

Want our advice?

• Get more granular with your management process – a blanket approach isn’t going to work with such a varied and diverse span of generations.
• Provide regular training opportunities, so that staff who do want to get involved in things outside of their comfort zone are supported in their efforts to do so.
• Consider implementing a mentor system where members of staff from different generations can mutually support each other. This will help bridge gaps, encourage communication and also ensure the equal spread of knowledge and experience throughout the workforce.

Are you a business owner with an age diverse workforce? We’d love to hear your tricks of the trade so leave them in the comments below or come and join us over on Twitter or Facebook.

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Stephanie Whalley

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