Managing older employees

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You’re probably managing employees across a wide spectrum of ages. Though each individual is unique, there are distinct differences between younger workers and baby boomers. If you understand what makes employees from different generations tick, you can more effectively motivate and inspire them.

“Managing older employees starts with the manager himself,” says Maxine Fischer, AARP operations manager in Southern California. “It’s natural to feel a bit defensive when dealing with someone who has more experience in the workplace,” Fischer notes. “On the other hand, there’s a tremendous amount you can learn that will improve your managerial style and the strength of your team.”

Here are some tips to get the most out of your older employees:

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