The article on age and generational differences in December People Management was a breath of fresh air. Surely stereotyping vast swathes of the population according to age is at best unhelpful and at worst excluding.
Organisations should be supporting their managers to get to know their people as individuals, not basing decisions on which generational group they happen to fall into.
3 ways to get to know your people as individuals:
Understanding what is important to someone will allow you to flex both your management style and communication with them and the support they may benefit from. This is far more likely to lead to a happy, motivated team member, rather than applying a blanket policy or benefit which doesn’t support them and their individual circumstances, no matter how well meaning.
I thrive on seeing people do things they didn’t think they could do! I draw on my management and leadership experience from working in senior positions in the Metropolitan Police Service, running Focal Point since 2002 and working across all three sectors in the widest variety of environments. Because we rarely learn things first time, we believe it is vital to provide support before, during and after the events we run, in order to get the best from them. Time and time again people have told us how the chance to review their learning and to have their actions reinforced has really helped cement new ways of doing things. This is what has then made the difference that they and we are looking for. I am a fellow of the CIPD and when I am not working with clients I can be seen on the golf courses of Hampshire.