Dominance is not welcomed with open arms by everyone. And if it is dominance from someone who is younger to us, then the process of acceptance gets even harder. However, when it is the question of money and your job, you have to accept a lot of things, even if you accept it with barrels of salt. With the growth in technology and the vast opportunities of flourishing in your work there are innumerable millennial who are here to outshine the older generations when it comes to work.
So, as luck would have it, a few of the employers have to work under bosses who are younger to them. This is the instance where age is not just a number. This is a scenario where your ego, pride, and all the other heavy terms associated with self-respect are involved. So if you are feeling threatened by your younger boss, here is how you can get the better of your fear:
Acceptance Is The Key
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The sooner you accept the reason behind all this, the better it will be for you. Your boss has been appointed as your boss for a specific reason. He or she must have had tremendous potential which is worthy of respect. So feeling dejected just because your boss is younger than you is a lost battle. The best thing would be take it in your stride and accept and move on.
Spill The Beans
Confronting your boss about the issues you are facing due to the age difference will make things a lot easier. Not just that, it will also result in strengthening your relationship with your boss. Although you may think it to be awkward initially, it is actually a good thing to open up without bottling up feelings of resentment.
So, would it hurt your ego to take instructions from a younger boss?
“No. Not at all. Well although if you are young but, if the approach is right then taking commands should never be a problem. If it is sensible instructions to keep things under control then it would work well. Nowadays, many employers are less concerned about the exact number of years you’ve been out of college and more persuaded by your experience and the fruits of your labors. In fact, it’s a trend that continues to shift.” says Mr.Taher Mandiwala, Co-founder / Technical Head, Hats-Off Digital Pvt. Ltd, “especially since younger generations are usually more adaptable and can advance quickly, thanks to their advanced technological skill set.”
“Age doesn’t matter as long as a younger boss provides good leadership and strong guidance, and brings passion and motivation into the company and the team. Ride along with your boss; if you share the same willingness to grow the company and move the team forward, everything will just be fine, and age won’t matter.” he adds.
Don’t Jump Into Conclusions
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Just because your boss is younger to you that doesn’t mean that he or she will assume an unnecessarily autocratic position. It might not be as bad it seems. Without jumping into conclusions, if you pay attention to solely your work then the whole thing will be a lot easier. And who knows, this might even be good for your future prospects.
So, consider age to be a number for that’s how you build compatibility. And with the right amount of compatibility and the eagerness to work, there will be no hindrances at all.