Business tips for a multi-generational workforce

By Kelly McCarthy

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Look around any workplace and there are now people employed from different generations. Local businesses are learning how to make the best product by working together.

Binghamton's Rotary Lunch featured a guest speaker that shared some of the benefits and challenges of having baby boomers working with millennials.

The millennial workforce is born around the 1970s through 1990s.

"One of the focuses is frankly just understanding those types of groups and their perspective and where they're coming from," said Senior VP at McFarland Johnson, Chad Nixon, "I mean you have such a wide range in the workforce now, people who went through the great depression and other folks that went through 9/11, and their outlook on life is just different."

A survey conducted by McFarland Johnson shows one of the biggest challenges in the workforce is a misunderstanding between the generations.

"This thought that maybe some of the boomers or some of the traditionalists are challenged by change and rapidly changing technology especially," Nixon said, "And then on the other side looking at the millennials, their expectation to advance in the work force and their understanding of technology versus the older workers."

Nixon also says having a mix of the generations in the workplace can result in some of the best partnerships.

"Often times you get those two groups together and you kind of have this molding of ideas," Nixon said, "With some of the older generations helping them understand how the project might work to manage it, and at the same time the millennial helping out from a technology perspective, how do you run this type of software and this sort of thing."