Bridging the gap

Capgemini Canada nurtures collaboration, cross-generational communication through millennial council
By Sanjay Tugnait
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2017
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The entry of millennials into the workforce has been observed by many as a source of conflict or tension. Differences in work styles and habits, grasps of technology, and lifestyle preferences have contributed to a widening cultural gap between gen Y and its predecessors. As a result, much attention has been placed on how to “put up with” or “deal with” the onslaught of millennials in the workplace — and the dialogue is often riddled with negative stereotypes.

But what if corporations reframed that perspective? Rather than approaching a multi-generational workforce as a challenge to be overcome, what if corporate cultures embraced it as an opportunity?

Capgemini Canada, provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, works to recognize employee strengths and then harness them to benefit the individual, the group and the company. This is especially true when it comes to the ever-changing face of the workforce. As more millennials carve out their own territory in the workplace (they are currently the largest generation in the workforce), and as baby boomers work for longer (with life expectancies growing), the time to nurture cross-generational collaboration is now.