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Younger bosses managing older workers

by on September 17, 2012

The title of this article goes on to say that younger bosses managing older workers is ‘increasingly common, and rife with conflict’.

However, a closer reading doesn’t necessarily support the assertion that this arrangement is full of conflict. It reports the results of the US-based survey of workers in two age groups (24 to 35 and those over 55):

  • most workers said it isn’t difficult to work for a younger boss;
  • a majority in both groups work after leaving their office;
  • a majority in both age groups prefer face-to-face communication in the office;
  • a small minority in both groups say that talking on the phone is their preferred method of work communication;
  • a majority in both groups prefer to eat lunch alone than with their colleagues!

Of course, the basic premise of the article (that younger bosses managing older workers are note-worthy and problematic) just goes to show how age norms operate, equating older chronological age with career seniority. But this is surely restricting for workers of all ages.

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