Fun Ways You Can Bridge The Gap Between Older and Younger Employees

It’s pretty clear that Baby Boomers and Gen X-dominated workplaces are beginning to see an influx of Millennial and Gen Z employees. This generation raised on smartphones and internet memes is now part of an already diverse workforce.

It’s pretty clear that Baby Boomers and Gen X-dominated workplaces are beginning to see an influx of Millennial and Gen Z employees. This generation raised on smartphones and internet memes is now part of an already diverse workforce.


Sadly, generation gaps can lead to interpersonal conflicts, with practices and worldviews clashing both in the workplace and out of it. It doesn’t help either that media outlets like to make a fuss out of the differences between generations, with articles like “Millennials are killing X Industry” or “Why Boomers can’s stand Millennial co-workers,” alienating the new blood and further widening the gap. 


Bridging the Gap with Games


Getting over preconceived notions isn’t the easiest thing to do, but then comes in the chance to make things work. Games are a great way to connect people, because despite our different backgrounds, we all know how to have fun. Try a quick team-building activity that you can do during lunch break, for starters.


“Two Truths and a Lie”, for example, lets employees from different age groups reveal their unique life experiences. The mousy millennial clerk in accounting might reveal their passion for freeform jazz, or the steely-eyed 50-something finance manager might talk about their time as a surfer in Miami. It’s a great chance for everyone to start coming out of their shell!


Another game you can try is Winner/Loser, where nobody wins or loses anything (it’s a weird name, we know, but we didn’t invent it.) Two people (in this case, a younger employee and an older employee) take turns talking about a single bad experience they’ve had in the past. The other person will then look for the positives in that experience, and help their co-worker see it in a different light. 



Generation Cooperation


Now that you’ve helped your team begin to open up with small activities, why not try a bigger, more ambitious team-building activity? Try working with corporate event companies that specialize in creating great team building activities, ones that can put different generations in the same playing field. 


“Pressure creates diamonds,” or so the old saying goes, and in an escape room, bonds can be forged from the urgency and the hecticness present in team-building activities. In an escape room game, players must put their minds together and cooperate to solve puzzles in order to escape together. In this tense, mind-turning environment, employees from different generations can equally shine.


For example, an older employee can use their years of experience to help tackle a mind-boggling riddle, while a younger employee who’s into TV shows can use their understanding of modern day story tropes to predict their team’s next move. 


Conclusion


Times are changing, and now more than ever, it’s highly important that we exercise an effort to understand each other, regardless of our race, gender, or in this case, age. Tense but fun events, like mobile escape room games, are an opportunity for all employees , whether a Boomer, a Gen X member, or a Millennial, to work together and create a more positive workplace for everybody.

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