I believe the best way to address this question is first not to distinguish one group from the other. Regardless of age classification, millennials and mature employees have one thing in common at a mutual employer, which is that everyone wants to know and feel that their work is valuable and that their skills are contributing to the betterment of the company and society as a whole. By approaching the question from this mindset, it allows you to take each employee for who they are and not a perceived value based on stereotypical categories.
There is a way to reach this goal successfully, but it will have to come from the cooperation of both the millennial and mature employees. A company's professional development offerings play a significant role in creating this inclusive opportunity. Some of which include:
There is a value when wisdom and industry knowledge collide with multi-tasking, community-oriented, and entrepreneurial energy. It is the unique experiences that each group brings to the table that make each of them a tremendous asset to the success of the business. In all, companies must create a culture of diversity and inclusivity for all employees to thrive and benefit each other's abilities.
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