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Older worker scorns younger boss? What to do

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With many employees putting off retirement and staying on the job longer than they expected, it’s bound to happen: They have trouble reporting to a much younger manager.

Before the work relationship becomes irreparable or an age discrimination suit is filed, have a chat with the veteran employee.

  • Remind them: Even if they don’t respect their young manager personally, they are expected to respect the manager’s position of authority.
  • Encourage them to keep their skill sets up-to-date. Ask what types of training they’d be interested in getting; they might have something in mind that would benefit both them and their department.
  • Point out some of the positive characteristics and contributions young managers make to the company. For in­­stance, older employees who are accustomed to the importance of “face time” might gripe that the younger managers leave work at 4:30 each day; you might point out that these same managers frequently work late into the night from home.

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