How Tech Companies Benefit from Multigenerational Teams
Continuously pushing the boundaries of technology requires a constant give and take between learning from the past and moving forward into the unknown. A multigenerational workforce can provide the necessary ingredients for continuous disruptive innovation by creating productive tension between the past and future, so teams don’t get stuck in one mindset.
While managing a multigenerational team comes with unique challenges like navigating differences in experience, expectations, and communication styles – creating an environment where individuals in various stages of their career journey can collaborate is a major competitive advantage for tech companies.
Keysight goes back more than 80 years and has five generations of employees in its global workforce today. Over the years, we have found that having such a wide diversity of age presents opportunities for Keysight to foster knowledge sharing, embrace new perspectives, and reduce turnover.
As Keysight’s Senior Director of Corporate Leadership Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, I work closely with leaders across the organization to maximize the potential of our talented and diverse teams. For example, Qi Gao, one of our senior software managers, has four generations across her team and finds the age diversity injects new energy into the current systems and practices. She’s not alone.
In this article, I’ll share four ways Keysight and our employees have benefited from a multigenerational workforce.
Unique advantages of a multigenerational workforce
When employees of all backgrounds feel heard, respected, and appreciated, they reach their full potential. It creates a workplace environment where team members collaborate, share new ideas, and feel committed to the company mission.