How to work with multiple generations at once

Employers in Minnesota and throughout the country may have employees of all ages. This may require tailoring a working environment that caters to a variety of experience levels and backgrounds. Although older people may not use technology as frequently as younger generations, they tend to be able to master it quickly. For example, a Pew Research Center survey in 2013 found that 55 percent of Americans own smartphones while only 18 percent of those aged 65 or older had them.

In general, younger people tend to use the internet more often than younger people. However, 71 percent of older adults who said that they used the internet reported using it every day. For training purposes, it may be best to put older and younger people together as part of a team to help get the most from each person. When dealing with older workers, there is no harm in acknowledging that older bodies tend to break down physically.

It may be worthwhile to stay in constant communication with them to be sure that they can do their jobs safely. In fact, it may be a good idea to think about ways to adjust their roles within the company to keep them safe and productive. Doing so may take advantage of their experience, which may benefit younger workers as well.

An injured worker may be forced to stay home or remain in a hospital while recovering. This may mean that he or she is unable to collect a paycheck for weeks or months after getting hurt. In some cases, a worker may never be able to return to work. By filing for workers' compensation benefits, it may be possible to collect money to pay medical bills and make up a portion of wages lost while out of work.

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