Strength in numbers

Today's workforce spans four generations for the first time in modern history. That means project managers must learn to balance the needs of team members across age groups like never before. This article discusses how project teams can get the most from multi-generational teams. In doing so, it examines some of the challenges faced by project teams when teams are composed of both older workers and younger employees. It then shows how three teams are thriving by harnessing the value of this diversity. It examines how one team addressed two different work styles of team members by scheduling communications meetings to discuss interaction styles early in a project's life cycle. The article also looks at how a 20-person team that ranged in age from 24 to 56 found common ground: a love for food. This team was brought together for group meals six or seven times a year, which improved collaboration. The article details how another team addressed its issues by watching situation comedies, which made it easier to bri
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