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Intergenerational practice in the workplace

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  1. 1. Intergenerational practice in the workplace EWAN FISHER TRUSTEE, GENERATIONS WORKING TOGETHER 1
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Introduction to Generations Working Together 2. What is intergenerational practice? 3. The intergenerational workplace – characteristics and challenges 4. Capitalising on an intergenerational workforce 5. Generations Working Together’s activity 2
  3. 3. Generations Working Together Established in 2007 as Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice Infrastructure organisation running 22 networks across Scotland, with more than 2,500 members from 8 different countries Provides information, delivers support and training for schools, social care providers, community outreach projects and local charities. Connects organisations locally and nationally to share best practice and learning. vision: “That all generations in Scotland will work together to create a better and fairer country for all.” 3
  4. 4. What is intergenerational practice? Intergenerational practice (IP) aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities promoting greater understanding and respect between generations, and contributing to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive and builds on the positive resources that younger and older generations have to offer each other and those around them. - Beth Johnson Foundation Intergenerational practice taps into the link between difference and similarity 4
  5. 5. Case study – Craft Cafe Aim: to tackle stereotypes held by different age groups Participants: 22 Govan Craft Café members aged 60+ and 32 Primary 7 children from Pirie Park Primary School in Govan Method: joint participation in arts workshops in Govan Craft Café Benefits: increased self-esteem, learning new skills, keeping active, reducing stereotypes 5
  6. 6. Case study – Retired Engineers Inspiring the Next Generation Aim: address shortage of engineers Participants: 15 retired engineers and 12 13/14 year olds Method: hands-on workshops looking at engineering challenges and Benefits: better understanding of career opportunities, improved community cohesion, reduced stereotypes 6
  7. 7. Intergenerational practice in a Scottish policy context Wealthier & Fairer Smarter Healthier Safer & Stronger Greener Mutual & Reciprocal Benefit Participatory Asset Based Well Planned Culturally Grounded Community Bonds & Citizenship Challenges Ageism Cross- disciplinary Scottish Government Strategic Objectives: Principles of Intergenerational Practice*: *Pinto et al; 2009 Guide of Ideas for Planning & Implementing Intergenerational Projects Together 7
  8. 8. The intergenerational workplace Traditionalists born 1922 – 1943 Baby boomers born 1944 – 1960 Generation X born 1961 – 1980 Generation Y (millennials) born 1981 – 2000 Generation Z born 2001 – present 8
  9. 9. The intergenerational workplace: challenge or benefit? 9 increases risk of conflict more challenging to manage employees enhances our skillset / knowledge base brings contrasting views to our organisation source: RSM and YouGov, June 2018
  10. 10. Intergenerational challenges in the workplace context challenge Political Economic Social Technological Legal Environmental 10 pension age age-specific cliques communication methods loss of middle management age discrimination workplace design
  11. 11. Capitalising on an intergenerational workforce encourage 2-way interaction & find commonalities 11 training mentoring youth voice multi-generational teams reverse mentoring communication technology skills social media
  12. 12. GWT activity Market sounding exercise – workshops and interviews with employers, support bodies and other stakeholders. A need for intergenerational support for employers has been confirmed. A training package is being developed aimed at employers’ HR and supervisory staff. 12
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention @generationswt GWT conference 2019: Wednesday 6th March 2019, Glasgow 13 To find out more:
  14. 14. Links/sources GWT resource library: Scottish Government report: All our futures - Planning for a Scotland with an ageing population: GWT Scottish policy context: together-local-authorities-and-intergenerational-practice-in-a-scottish-policy-context Pinto et al study: Intergenerational_Projects RSM poll: workforce?utm_source=sociabble&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=new-forces-at- work&utm_content=9-07-18-five-generation 14