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Technology companies such as Cisco and HP have been using reverse mentoring to enable employees from different generations to support each other’s development. Chris Merrick, business development director at Capita Resourcing, says older workers can learn from the technology-savvy younger generation.
Mentoring programmes have been used by companies for years, but they need a shake-up in order to remain effective. Historically, such initiatives have seen experienced employees mentoring junior staff who are new to the world of work, or employees who are looking to progress their career.
Today, ambitious millennials and Generation Z are entering the workforce and climbing to the top, and the balance of workplace seniority is shifting. It is important that HR teams promote a harmonious, inclusive and productive organisation. Essentially, it is time to recognise that inter-generational guidance need not be one-way traffic.
Some forward-thinking companies are achieving this by modernising the mentoring programmes that they offer to their employees. These organisations recognise that the evolution of technology in the workplace is an opportunity, not a threat.
Rather than falling victim to the digital divide between social-media savvy millennials and less digitally aware older managers, employers are pairing up these groups to work on a number of skill sets.
Not only does this help to raise the digital IQ of business leaders, but it also gives younger employees a feeling of value and purpose within their company, outside of their day-to-day ro