Companies Face Intergenerational Conflicts with Personnel

HR Faces Intergenerational Conflicts with Personnel

Over the past 10 years, organizations have seen a sharp increase in the number of older Americans in the workplace as aging baby boomers continue to work instead of retiring – out of choice or due to economic reasons. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people aged 65 and older in the labor force (i.e., working or looking for work) soared from 4.2 million in 2000 to 6.7 million in 2010. As young people start careers and workers in mid-life and those in their 60s and beyond work together in greater numbers than ever, companies are faced with the challenge of contention in the workplace between these different generations who often approach their careers and how to do their jobs effectively very differently. Generational Conflicts on the Job The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) surveyed 400 randomly selected SHRM members in 2011 and found that conflicts …


5 Tips for Improving Employee Communications

5 Tips For Improving Employee Communications

Human resources professionals are often called upon to deliver information to employees at all levels of their organizations. Whether it’s a serious message or something less important, poor employee communication can lead to people missing out on benefits they could use, company programs or extracurriculars they would have enjoyed, policies they must follow or other essential news about the organization. Employee communications can be a challenge, and there’s always room for improvement. Here are 5 ways you can make yours more effective for the benefit of your organization and all of its people. 1. Practice Transparency “Fostering a culture of transparency is one of the most effective ways to communicate with employees,” says Leigh Steere, co-founder of Managing People Better. Too many employers curate information by deciding what employees should hear based on what they can handle instead of talking about the whole story. Instead, commit to providing clear and appropriate …