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Generation gaps are nothing new, but the battle between Baby Boomers and Millennials is one for the record bridgebooks. Never before have two generations been so at odds and so out of touch with each other’s culture and desires. Rob Wilson, president of Employco, suggests more ways to bridge this generation gap in the workplace:

* Cut out unnecessary meetings. Meetings used to be the bread-and-butter of the corporate world, but now thanks to emails, conference calls, social media, texting, Skype, and other technology, face-to-face meetings can be more time-consuming than they are worth. Wilson says, “Commit to monthly meetings instead of daily meetings or bi-weekly meetings. Everyone will have more time to get work done, and you will cut unnecessary clutter out of your schedule.”

* Don’t create cliques in the office. “It might be tempting to team up your young people on a project and let the older people form their own groups. But by doing so, you aren’t encouraging a true cohesion of ideas. To get the most of your employees, you need everyone to work together…even if it means asking a long-time employee to work with a brand-new hire straight out of college.”

* Enough with the Millennial bashing. “Everyone complains that today’s young people are lazy, distracted, and self-absorbed. Not only is this generalization unfair, but it’s also demoralizing. Bashing someone’s abilities doesn’t lead to success. If you don’t expect greatness out of your staff, you won’t get it.”

“Instead of seeing Millennials as risky hires, employers should start looking at what they can bring to your business,” says Wilson. “Companies like Apple, Facebook and Groupon have found ways to tap into the Millennial segment and in doing so, are able to build on ingenuity, new ideas and the creative collaboration this generation thrives on.”

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