Generation Gap: How to Get Over It

Generation Gap How to Get Over It
Because of the technical evolutions that have happened over the course of just a few years, the generation gap can now be observed on people whose age difference is only three or more years. Gone are the days where grandparents are the only ones who are experiencing this type of gap. Nowadays, the generation gap can also be seen in workplaces and even schools. This is why it is a good idea to learn how to fix this type of gap. Here are some tips on how to bridge the generation gap.

Find a window for mentorship

For employees who are experiencing a generation gap, mentoring can be a good way to stage an interaction between the varying age groups. This will also help employees perform better by learning new skills in the process. This can be done by asking seniors to mentor the juniors or vice versa in a platform wherein they will receive a demerit for anything. This ensures that colleagues can interact without any pressure, which can make their interactions seem disingenuous. For parents or grandparents, they can ask the younger generation to teach them how to use their new gadgets or computers. They can also teach their children or grandchildren important life lessons or practical skills, such as changing a flat tire or fishing.

Put more people into the mix

Some senior employees may find it harder to mingle with junior employees, especially if they are not used to having small interactions with junior employees and vice versa. When this happens, it is a good strategy to bring other senior or junior employees who belong in a different generation and interact well with people into the mix. They will serve as a bridge for different types of employees who are finding it hard to communicate because of the generation gap. Parents and grandparents, on the other hand, should mingle with relatives who can easily interact with them and with the younger crowd.generation gap

Emphasize sincerity

One of the best ways to ensure a peaceful work environment is to make sure that the employees get along well. This cannot happen if senior employees feel that junior employees are being insincere regarding the way that they communicate and vice versa. If they sense any arrogance or insincerity, other problems may arise. The same can be said in a more familial or personal setting. If parents or grandparents feel like the younger generation is being hypocritical in their want to bridge the gap, then they might just stop communicating altogether.

Maintain a stable and regular communication

Because of the fact that a generation gap can be worsened by inadequate communication between the younger and older parties, maintaining stable and regular communication can do wonders. For those who are working at the office, participating in casual group chats either online or offline is highly advisable. For parents and grandparents, they should consider having a way to regularly communicate with the younger generation through more technologically advanced means, such using Facebook and other social media sites. This will also help them know more about the latest technologies in communication, which can further shrink the generation gap.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.