It seems as though baby boomers and millennials are starting t work together more often, especially in the child nutrition industry. Baby boomers, or those who were born in the years following World War II, are finding themselves on the same team as millennials, or those who were born in the 80’s and 90’s. The child nutrition industry is combining the forces of those who have been in the industry for several years and are beginning to think about retirement with the “young guns” who are fresh out of school and ready to begin their careers in the industry.
By 2020, almost half of the workforce will be made up of millennials. What can they bring to the table? They value things like happiness, passion, diversity, sharing and discovery, and perhaps the greatest thing about millennials is that they have potential. They can offer fresh ideas and perspectives, and they can work hard under pressure or when motivated. They are digital natives, meaning they have grown up using the latest technology and stay up-to-date with technological innovations. Millennials also have intense focus, and wish to see the world become a better place for their future families.
Baby boomers, on the other hand, value justice, integrity, family, practicality and duty. And the greatest thing about baby boomers? They have experience. Their brains are wired for what works, and what has worked for decades. They also have wisdom, and while they aren’t the best with the latest technology, they are willing to learn. Baby boomers want to see the world become a better place for their children and grandchildren.
To bridge generational gaps between baby boomers and millennials in your child nutrition program, set up some kind of mentorship program. These two diverse groups can work together to make great teams. Millennials want mentors to “show them the ropes”, and baby boomers generally want to pass along what they’ve learned to members of younger generations.