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Asked by Emily on September 29, 2017

I recently graduated and got my first job, where I'm working for the most part with people older than me. Do you have any advice on connecting and working with my coworkers who are 20-30 years older than me?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on October 10, 2017

There are a few things that you can do in order to connect with people from various generations in the workplace. The first thing to do is work hard; show those around you that you are passionate about your work and also respect the work that they're doing. Talk to them- approach the people that you work with, ask what they like to do in their spare time, see if you have anything in common. Get involved- are there teams at work that you can become a part of? This is always a great way to network with and get to know your coworkers.

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Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on October 11, 2017

Hello – This is a great question as we are seeing more of a mix of workforce working together. Build a relationship with them. Get to know each other and how you like to work. Once you have a foundation of a relationship, working together will become second nature. Then make sure to I make sure to listen and learn from them. Experience individuals are willing to teach and train, but only if you’re willing to learn.   Best of luck!
 

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Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on January 26, 2018

First and foremost, working hard and be a valuable member of the team will start off your relationship on the right foot and gain respect from your coworkers. I have found that asking people about their hobbies, family, or interests is a way to connect with them on a more personal level and see what you may have in common. The age difference won't seem so drastic if you are able to find commonalities or learn about what each other is interested in on a personal level. Most of all I think that respect, positivity, and engagement can go a long way!

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