Can you learn from others? Younger others?

Posted on Posted in Mentoring, Workforce Development

Age is still a very sensitive topic in our society. We constantly use our number age to benchmark accomplishments and experiences. Vote at 18, drink at 21, rent a car at 25, review goals and accomplishments at 40, AARP at 50, Medicare at 65…okay so these are generic markers, but you get the picture.


In the workplace, we also have ages which define rites of passages. Of course these are unspoken benchmarks and often very personal perspectives. With all of the controversy and tension surrounding the four working generations (and the fifth in the ranks), what happens when a concept challenges the status quo of workplace age? Can more experienced workers learn from younger counterparts? And, do  younger workers have the capability to mentor coworkers with more experience? The WSJ raises the question in this article, Reverse Mentoring Cracks Workplace.

What do you think?

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