Winning by intergenerational collaboration
In the workplace today, different generations with different experiences and knowledge meet. Moderate alignment of their values, beliefs and expectations is important for successful cooperation, which can be a very difficult task under the pressure of productivity in the economic sector.
We created a project that seeks to reduce and eliminate intergenerational stereotypes and promote intergenerational cooperation in the workplace with a desire to raise awareness and educate and provide appropriate support to employees and employers.
With this project we want to overcome conflict situations that arise between employers, older and younger employees. The coexistence of different generations can be an advantage by including appropriate practices, as it contributes to a more dynamic and competitive work environment with a higher level of employee satisfaction.
Janez Cigler Kralj,
Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
“We need to strengthen intergenerational cooperation in all areas. As the Minister responsible for labor, I place great emphasis on strengthening intergenerational cooperation in the workplace, as it strengthens the personal satisfaction of all employees, motivates us and, finally, contributes to wider social and economic development. The key priority of my work is therefore creating a responsive labor market that considers the interests and benefits of all generations. We are all interconnected and interdependent. Coexistence and solidarity between the generations must become the noble principle that we consciously cultivate and promote in the workplace and in society at large. "
The question of how to successfully promote intergenerational cooperation in the work environment is answered through various channels:
- Website sodelovalnica.si,
- Sharing good practices,
- MEGA award for companies.
The central space of the project is the website sodelovalnica.si (“collaboratory”). The platform, which combines information about the project, advises, shares research results, examples of good practices of intergenerational cooperation in the workplace, informs about the implementation of workshops within the project, invites applications for the MEGA award and informs about other projects that promote intergenerational cooperation.
Sharing good practices
Word about good practices of intergenerational cooperation at work is spread by selected individuals who, in one way or another, successfully meet younger and older colleagues on their career path. They share their positive experiences in articles, at events and on social networks, thus raising awareness of the benefits of coexistence of several generations in the workplace.Ways to win
We transfer knowledge about intergenerational cooperation from theory to practice through workshops for primary and secondary school students and employees. The advantages of skills and knowledge different generations have are also presented to future employees so that they can internalize them and have no problem collaborating when they enter the labor market.