It’s 9am, a Monday, and I’m walking through the doors of SocialMadeSimple to get to work! It’s another day in the office with my coworkers, except for the fact that I’m 35 years their senior. Working in a company that’s 90% millennials could appear to be challenging, but you’d be surprised that it’s actually a very rewarding experience.
It’s time to stop the rumors and bust a few myths about what it’s like being a Baby Boomer among Millennials. Here’s a breakdown:
- Baby Boomers and Millennials can’t get along at work. FALSE! We have a great rapport and my office and get laughs out of our difference, rather than being annoyed by one another.
- Baby Boomers have nothing to teach Millennials. FALSE! My excel skills are quite good, mostly because, I started learning spreadsheets back when Lotus 123 came out in 1983.
- Millennials have nothing to teach Baby Boomers. FALSE! My co-workers try to keep me up to date on their jargon, their favorite artists, and their social media preferences. And it goes both ways, I share my favorite movie quotes, and have to send short videos of the scene so they know what I am talking about.
I’ve even mastered boomerang, am I Millenial yet?
- There is a major culture clash between Millennials and Baby Boomers. FALSE! I don’t see that at all. It’s good to have a mixture of ages at work. I think the Millennials definitely keep me feeling younger. I do think they appreciate my ideas and input since it’s so different from theirs.
- Baby Boomers and Millennials have completely different values. FALSE! I have not seen that at all at my company. My co-workers are very hard working and care very much about the success of our company.
Overall I think we enjoy the differences and make it fun, we don’t shy away from talking about the fact that we’re different.