It’s not an uncommon scenario these days: an “older” worker (over 40) changes his or her job and/or career and comes face-to-face with a boss who’s somewhat younger. As the workforce ages and Millennial employees move into supervisory positions, this will likely occur with increasing frequency.
A recent blog post from U.S. News & World Reportoffers some handy tips for workers with younger bosses. Those tips include:
Your age need not mean more than a career timeline or work history. That said, you may have to prove yourself and your ability all over again.
Focus on how your manager thinks; what he or she is looking for from you; and how you can ramp up quickly and make his job easier.
Demonstrate that you respect your boss’s expertise and want to learn from him. It shows you’re not intimidated by the age difference.
Communicate with your boss early and often, and provide him or her with updates on your progress; don’t wait to be asked.
If a younger colleague is hired at a level above yours, make the best of it whether you’ll be reporting to the new person or not. Show you’re a team player, but make sure your new colleague is aware of your past accomplishments.
Do your best to thrive in these scenarios, but if you find you’re not getting promoted or receiving adequate recognition, it may be time to move on.