Beyond Generations: Building Bridges in the Modern Workplace

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Watch the replay of our last LinkedIn Live session, focusing on how to bridge across multi-generations in the workplace. Deborah Croft, co-CEO at Thriving Talent, and Eleanor Nevill, Head of Client Accounts, explored how companies can move beyond stereotypes and thinking from the point of view of generational differences. Here are key takeaways from their conversation:

1. Life phases over generations

Rather than solely focusing on generational divides, it's important to recognise that individuals within the same generation may simply be at different life phases instead. This shift in perspective allows for a more nuanced understanding of varying needs and priorities in the workplace. By acknowledging these differences, organisations can tailor their support and policies to better accommodate employees' evolving life circumstances.

2. Curiosity and compassion as bridges

Two fundamental pillars for bridging generational gaps are curiosity and compassion. Encouraging curiosity fosters an environment where individuals seek to understand each other's perspectives and experiences without judgment. Pairing this with compassion enables empathy towards others' unique challenges and circumstances, creating a more cohesive and supportive workplace culture.

3. Caring and career alignment

Adopting a 'caring and career' lens provides a holistic approach to employee support. This strategy recognises that individuals may juggle various caregiving responsibilities alongside their careers. By offering flexibility and understanding, organisations empower employees to navigate these life phases while remaining engaged and productive in their roles.

4. Tech savviness and technological shifts

While certain generations may be labelled as more tech-savvy than others, it's essential to view technological proficiency as a skillset rather than a generational trait. As workplaces embrace digital transformation, individuals of all ages can adapt and contribute based on their unique abilities and experiences. Encouraging cross-generational knowledge-sharing fosters a culture of continuous learning and innovation.

5. Inclusive leadership and collaboration

Effective leadership transcends generational boundaries and focuses on inclusivity and collaboration. Leaders should be equipped to navigate diverse perspectives and adapt their leadership styles to accommodate the needs of different team members. By fostering an inclusive environment where every voice is valued, organisations can harness the collective strengths of their multi-generational workforce.


Navigating generational differences in the workplace requires a shift towards a more inclusive and empathetic approach. By embracing curiosity, compassion, and flexibility, organisations can build bridges that connect individuals in different phases of life and with different expectations, priorities and experiences. Through open dialogue, supportive policies, and inclusive leadership, workplaces can thrive as vibrant communities where every individual feels valued and empowered to contribute their unique perspective.

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