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Why is my age a big deal?

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Question: I happen to be a young manager in an office of around 70 employees. We try to keep a family-type atmosphere, in which we encourage "open" working relationships with managers and staff, but keep away from managers and employees becoming buddies.

I find that most employees respond to a manager who is more of a leader; who listens and responds to valid concerns.

I have great working relationships with the majority of staff, except for two 50-year-old women. These two staff, I have "heard" through the grapevine, have an issue because I am younger than them.

The thing I am confused about is that their behavior is more immature than that of other, much younger employees. They gossip, pout when they're talked to about valid concerns of mine, have lazy work habits, are nice as pie when I am around, etc.

I was wondering if there's a way to work it out in which I can change their behavior. Or, are th...(register to read more)

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Orly September 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Hey. A joke’s a very serious thing.
I am from Afghanistan and learning to read in English, give true I wrote the following sentence: “Explosive stock picks, economic holdings are apart longer than first initial analysts.”

THX :(, Orly.

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Suzanne August 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I am also an lady in my sixties and my boss is 10 years young and we get along just find. She expresses many compliments to me and I always trying to keep up with th lates technology. Yes it is all about change and somethimes another way is the better way. Accept change in a professional manner and always with a smile.

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