TIPS FOR WORKING WITH A YOUNGER BOSS
We all start out in entry-level jobs and then, move our way up. However, while some people keep rising, life happens sometimes and stalls our career progression. Working for an employer who is younger than you, can be a demanding task and if not executed professionally. It does not mean it is an impossible task.
Do not use age as an argument:
There was a time when greater age meant greater intelligence and knowledge of worldly ways. Today, the world has changed immensely and it is time you change your perception too. Today, many young people are entering the business world and attaining success. There are a number of ways in which you can put your point forth, but your age does not count as one of them.
Your Boss Could be the Right Person for the Job:
Even if you don’t have more work experience, you have more life experience. That doesn’t mean that your younger boss isn’t the right person for the job of the boss. She may have the knowledge and experience that management needed and wanted to hire.
When your boss makes changes, don’t resist. Don’t push back unless you have really solid reasons. If you have a solid reason, take it to your boss and present your case. That’s what you would do if your boss were older than you. If she says absolutely not, then give her the support she needs.
Maintaining a good relationship is equally important even in professional circles. Especially if you have a younger boss, you need to be cautious how you communicate with him so that there remains no gap in communication. You may have to catch up with the modern technology and lingo.
If your new boss is partial to instant messaging for seamless conversation where everything can be discussed with a press of a few buttons, then make the change.
Don’t Let Your Ego Get in the Way
As we age, we expect to be treated better and with more respect compared to people younger than us. This rule applies well in social circles. In professional circles, these expectations only pose greater challenges and make your work life difficult. These days, many companies are set up by young entrepreneurs. It is thus quite possible that you have a boss who is much younger than you are. In such situations, do not let your ego take over.
Forget your ego, so that when your boss has some insights to offer and suggestions to share, it should not affect your drive to work. Keep an open mind and be willing to appreciate anything new and effective even when it is coming from a younger boss.
The age barrier:
If there is a wide age gap between your employer and yourself then do not make it so obvious. Ignore the gap and continue to approach your boss like you normally should.
Age barrier may also create communication barrier if you take it all too seriously. It is thus vital that you treat everyone in your professional circles based on their position and qualification rather than their age.