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4 ways employers can support workers of all ages

It’s not just about older workers having to adapt to younger workplaces, or learning to work with millennials — in fact, companies should take the initiative to make sure that everyone gets what the support they need at work.

Here’s what companies can do to make sure employees of all generations feel engaged, because many workers don’t feel that way.

Offer training for people at different career stages

While we know that tech workers get worried about age discrimination at age 40, employers should take the lead and provide training so they don’t feel like they’re falling behind.

And, of course, these resources should apply to every worker. Just like author and ethnographer Simon Sinek believes that leaders should never put an end to their learning, employers should make sure that every worker has a chance to succeed by providing them the resources to do so.

They might even feel more engaged at work.

Promote more women of all backgrounds and ages

It’s clear that women experience gender discrimination at work, and research has found that most men think there are enough women in authority in the office. But that doesn’t mean there’s as much representation of women further up the corporate ladder as there could be.

Women report being sexually harassed and feeling like their gender keeps them from advancing in the workplace.

The gender gap is alive and well, even though men have been found to think that it doesn’t exist anymore.

So here’s an idea: Promote women at all stages and in all departments. Mentor them. Give them visibility, opportunities to thrive, and stand up for them when no one else will.

After all, Americans no longer prefer male bosses.

 

Make the company’s mission and team goals clear

Employees have been found to feel stressed out when they don’t know their company’s goals. Managers should take it upon themselves to educate their entire team about what not only their team is meant to do, but how it fits in with the overall vision of the company.

This can be done during one-on-one meetings, meetings with the group, or gatherings with multiple departments.

Employees deserve know what they’re working toward — it could shape their day-to-day experiences getting work done and interacting with others on the job.

Provide enough paid parental leave

Even though it’s been found that one in seven Americans believe that men shouldn’t go on paid or unpaid paternity leave once they have a new child, that doesn’t mean they don’t need that time to bond with their new addition.

Of course, the same goes for maternity leave — mothers need that time to get to know their new child and regroup after such a major life event before returning to work, but they also shouldn’t have to worry about supporting their families financially during that time off.

Giving new mothers and fathers paid leave before heading back to work is a key way to make employees feel supported.

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