- Hiring a multi-generational workforce is a positive thing, as studies have shown no performance issues between older vs. younger workers. However, learning styles may be a bit different, meaning companies must keep age in mind when training, according to Training Zone.
- Some age-related aspects to consider when designing and delivering learning content to employees include life and career experience, company loyalty, familiarity with technology, and hands-on training efforts.
- Keeping certain generational learning preferences in mind can help engage learners of all ages and ensure they see learning as a positive aspect of work — all while delivering a sound ROI for the company.
There are certain 'age-isms' that are prevalent in many workplaces. For example, the notion that baby boomers do not like learning on mobile devices vs. their millennial counterparts has been proven largely incorrect over time.
When people work in certain work environments, they tend to go with whatever the corporate culture dictates. However, there is some merit to understanding how different generations prefer to learn and how they can be engaged in learning efforts. Employers are forced to meet employees at their level and provide a variety of learning platforms and support.