Can A Younger Boss Help You Get Ahead?

August 22, 2016

Colleen Vaughan

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This is the question that Elizabeth Garone answered in her recent article for BBC.com. She asked Holly Pavilka, SVP of Marketing and Content here at CB, for some insight on the matter.

“Working for younger bosses keeps you young, and as long as you work for someone you respect and who respects you, then there shouldn’t be any issues with the age difference,” said Holly. “It’s more important to focus on staying on top of your industry than worrying about a younger boss.

Is this the case for everyone? Apparently not. A 2015 Multi-Generational Leadership study from Future Work/Beyond reported that 45 percent of baby boomers and Gen Xers felt that Millennials’ lack of managerial experience can have a negative effect on company culture.

Elizabeth Garone says to get used to it. With Millennials taking over the workforce and people increasingly staying longer in the workforce, younger bosses are bound to get more and more common.

Here are a few tips she offers:

  1. Remember you are not alone. It’s better to acknowledge any awkwardness felt about the age gap from the get-go.
  2. Realize that there’s much to be learned from other generations.

To read the rest of the article, head over to BBC.com.

You weigh in: How do you feel about working for a younger boss? Tell us in the comments below.

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