Productivity in the Generational Divide

“You’re old and stale and holding the company back.”

“You’re young, inexperienced, and a big slacker.”


Maybe these things aren’t being said aloud, but unless you are living under a rock, you’ve likely experienced the tension between the older and younger generations in the workplace.


In February 2017, I witnessed an excellent first step toward bridging this divide in my church’s youth group.  Inspired by an article in the New York Times on reverse mentoring, church leaders gathered together the high school students in our youth group and planned a Tech Workshop.  The youth group members were going to be the teachers and the more “seasoned” church members were the students.


Below is the cute advertisement they did one Sunday…


They had over 30 adults in the church attend the workshop.  Amazing.

There were different stations for the various devices.  There were Boomers and Gen Z kids laughing together.  Amazing.


Click here to see some of the news coverage of the event.


You could totally do this in your organization.

Want to experience a productivity gain in your company?  Host a Tech Workshop.  Chances are the younger folks will volunteer to be mentors and older ones will sign up to be the mentees.

So many expectations for coaching and developing others are put on our more experienced workers.  Why not give them a chance to learn a new trick or two?





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Dr. Melissa GratiasMelissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.



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