The Zoomer Report: Working for Younger Bosses

Do you work for someone who’s younger? According to a survey by, 34 per cent of workers do, and 15 per cent say they work for someone who is at least 10 years younger. With that in mind, the job search website has come up with some tips to minimize generational differences in the workplace:

Take time to get to know co-workers as individuals rather than stereotyping them by age. If you have a dispute with a colleague of a different age group, try to focus on the technical or the work issue, instead of getting hung up on the generation gap. Avoid thinking that the person holds that view simply because of his or her age.

Generation gaps seem to highlight differences in communication styles and preferences. On the one hand, there are very different levels of experience, on the other, varying levels of comfort with technology. So be open to change and ask questions. Younger workers need to use the older generation as a resource. Older workers must get comfortable with rapidly changing technologies and modes of communication. Be open to the idea that others might excel in different environments, for example, listening to music while working. Everyone has different preferences.

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake. Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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