24The Generation Gap

FIRST-TIME MANAGERS CAN BE ALL AGES. There are new managers who are in their twenties, others in their thirties and forties, and some in their fifties and sixties. Three situations exist with regard to age differences between managers and the people reporting to them:

1. The mature manager supervises people who are younger.

2. The young manager supervises people who are older.

3. The mature or young manager leads a group of varied ages, some younger, some older, and some of the same generation.

Conflicts sometimes occur when a young manager supervises older workers. In some cases, mature people may resent working for a young manager. A large part of this problem can be the attitude of the older employee and the possible impetuousness ...

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