When you think of a boss, you often imagine an older, more experienced man or woman who has invested so much time and effort into a company. In today’s office world, this isn’t always the case. In fact, older workers are now often reporting to younger bosses. As an older employee with a younger boss, how should you act? Let’s take a look.

 

Communication

Younger bosses have different preferred ways of communication in comparison to older workers. For example, the younger generation relies on instant messaging, social media, and texting to communicate. As a result, face-to-face interactions are limited. In addition, a missed cellphone call warrants a call back in the eyes of younger people, or millennials, as they are often called. As a result, you must adapt to your boss’s communication style. No matter how long you have been working for the company, or how you prefer to communicate, you can’t expect your boss to conform to your needs.

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Respect

Often times, older workers feel that their age alone should earn them respect from their younger bosses. This is definitely not the case. No matter how much you dislike feeling inferior to someone younger than you, you must accept it and do your best to adapt to your boss’s style. Always give your respect to earn it back in return. Remember, no matter how young your boss is, he or she has the authority to fire you. Don’t let your attitude about age get in the way of you potentially losing your job.

 

Fine tune your skills

A younger boss may presume that an older, more seasoned employee is more apt to resist change. It’s time to break out of the traditional ways of completing tasks and take advantage of new, innovative trends. Show your boss that you are eager to keep your skills current by taking advantage of workshops or online courses that can offer new insight into your old ways of doing things. You have to show that you are ready and willing to perform well and do what it best for the company. No matter how old your boss is, your vivacity and eagerness to learn will not go unnoticed.