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Traversing the
generation gap
When the age " gap " feels more like a canyon.
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'm old enough to have been on both sides of a
multigenerational workplace. When I began my career
with trade associations back in 2001, I was 21 years old
and by far the youngest person on staff. I spent the next
several years trying not to visibly bristle when the older
men who were my bosses called me " kiddo. "
I remember wishing fervently that I was old enough to
be taken seriously in the workplace. My ideas were never
solicited and, when offered, never considered. It was
frustrating to feel as though I wasn't a valued member of
the team and hard not to see it as being a result of my age.
Of course, time eventually took care of this problem
and, at 45, I'm on the other side of the generational divide.
Coworkers in their early 20s now seem impossibly
young to me, but I find their energy and enthusiasm
refreshing, helping me to push back against the apathy
and inflexibility that can set in as the decades pass.
In this issue, we have two articles focusing on the
challenges of the multigenerational workplace. The first
is on page 30 and is written from the perspective of the
older generation of business owners who are struggling
to hire and retain younger workers. The second, on
page 40, was written by Kyle Richardson of L&A Tent
Rentals who discusses his experiences growing up in this
industry and the challenges of working for and with his
father, Brian.
Each of these articles offers advice on how to bridge
those gaps that invariably exist between generations.
Although they approach the topic from opposite ends
of the age spectrum, the theme of both is that change is
difficult, but necessary, and the best thing for everyone
to do is adjust their attitudes, practice some humility,
listen to and respect each other, and strive to be as
flexible as possible.
And some free advice to the baby boomers and fellow
Gen Xers out there: Don't call anyone over the age of
10 " kiddo. "
Jesse Madden, Editor
jesse.madden@textiles.org
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