InTents December 2023-January 2024 - 40

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Multigenerational struggles
Sometimes we young guys just know better...or do we?
By Kyle Richardson, L&A Tent Rentals
H
ello and welcome to the second column
of the Covered Conversations
series brought to you by the Tent Rental
Division (TRD) and TRD board. As the
youngest member of the current board, it
is only fitting that I get to write about multigeneration
workplaces. Let me introduce
myself: My name is Kyle Richardson,
Operations Manager at L&A Tent Rentals
in Hamilton, N.J. The business was started
by my father, Brian, back in the 1980s
and has grown to become one of New
Jersey's premier tent rental companies. I
have been in the industry full time for six
seasons but have been involved part-time
since I was a child.
Growing up in the industry is no
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easy task. As you know, this business
requires long days, longer nights and
deadlines that must be met no matter
the situation. But watching my dad as I
grew up, I knew this is what I wanted
to do. Some of the most rewarding moments
of the job are pulling into a blank
jobsite and leaving at the end of the day
feeling accomplished and proud of what
you have created. It's also very fulfilling
when you take a person's vision and
turn it into reality.
But enough with the job, let's get into
the " multigenerational struggles " as I
like to call them. When I started working
for my dad as an installer, there was
a lot of head shaking, mumbling and
sometimes even some colorful language
coming from me. Yes, I know he's my
dad, but sometimes we young guys just
know better...or do we?
One of the hardest challenges in a multigenerational
business is getting each
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generation to understand one other.
We all know our thought processes are
not the same. Whether it's family or not,
bridging the gap between the generations
is quite often a challenge. This industry
is full of old timers with the " this
is how it's always been done, so that's
how we're going to do it " attitude. They
are the ones who want everything done
perfectly, without having to tell you what
to do, when to do it or how to do it.
It was not easy for me to bite my
tongue and go with the flow six years
ago when I came on full time. Once I realized
I was not going to change how my
dad thought, our working life became
so much easier. Sometimes gritting your
teeth, smiling, and saying " yes " saves
so much time, energy and conflict. That
doesn't mean I didn't go do what I had
originally planned or thought, it just
means that I agreed to what he wanted
and moved on.
In the grand scheme of things, the
disagreements we may have with the
older generation are merely blips on the
path to success in our careers. And it's
important to remember that the older
generation is full of the type of wisdom
that can only be gained through years
of lived experience, and so my last bit
of advice is to ask them questions. They
do want to share their knowledge with
us, but you have to ask!
One of the most difficult conversations
is about a succession plan. While
most people have an ideal scenario in
their head of how the plan will work out,
we all know it's never that easy. Current
owners have years of " sweat equity " -
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