MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Age is just a number in the workplace, suggests a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than eight in 10 professionals (82 percent) polled said they would be comfortable reporting to a manager who's younger than they are; 91 percent wouldn't mind supervising employees older than themselves.
But working across generations isn't always effortless. Respondents identified dissimilar work ethics or values (26 percent) and leadership or learning styles (22 percent) as the biggest challenges with having a younger boss. Using technology in different ways (25 percent) was named the top struggle when managing someone who's older.
"In today's multigenerational workplace, it's not uncommon for employees to report to a younger supervisor. Leaders are chosen based on their performance and management ability, not the year they were born," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "While our research shows many professionals are embracing collaboration across age groups, preconceptions can hinder progress. Efforts need to be made to get past stereotypes and build connections."
Britton added, "Organizations benefit when people of various backgrounds bring unique perspectives to the table. Workers can share their knowledge or pick up new skills through mentoring or reverse mentoring."
About the Research
The survey of workers was developed by OfficeTeam. It was conducted by independent research firms and include responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow the OfficeTeam blog at roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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