The generation gap has hit my workplace!! The short version is that my firm was very heavy on the boomers, light on Gen X (that's me BTW), and due to boomer retirement getting (much) heavier on Gen Y. "Replacement talent" tends to be either Gen X folks from the outside (not me BTW) or entry level Y types . The rub is that both are being given a lot of responsibility very quickly -- the Gen Y group in particular -- and I am finding that my older, more experienced staff are resentful of the level of responsibility and the (exterior anyhow) confidence that the newer (less than 2 yrs) employees show. The expression I have been hearing too much of lately is akin to flowery excrement -- which does not fit the work ethic, enthusiasm, self awareness that I see in our younger staff.
I have done some reading on the subject. I provide feedback and coaching but success (defined as having a more experienced employee independently recognize an opportunity to mentor or provide some helpful assistance or insight to a new person) is slow. My prevailing theory is that the "wait your turn" mentality is much strong in the younger boomers who, by nature of all those ahead of them, may feel they have had to do a lot of waiting. In short, I am surprised at the complete lack of interest in mentoring and sharing their hard earned experience. Any experience out there on bridging this gap??