Supervising Multigenerational Teams: Building Understanding to Support Success

Last updated October 25, 2023

Supervising Multigenerational Teams: Building Understanding to Support Success

Last updated October 25, 2023

Build a productive multigenerational team by learning to recognize and appreciate your team members’ unique preferences and work styles.


Your team may have up to five generations working together, a phenomenon that is unique to our time in history. This generational diversity makes our teams stronger and more ready to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. To leverage the full strength that comes from this generational diversity, however, supervisors must first understand the value of and know how to appreciate the unique styles and preferences of each team member.  

Join our facilitator and your peers across the country to share best practices and experiences for increasing all of our understanding on successfully supervising multigenerational teams. You will come away from the training with the following:  

  • A greater understanding of the value of multigenerational teams in higher education. 
  • Best practices you can use to build collaboration and foster understanding across a multigenerational team. 
  • Specific pitfalls to avoid as the supervisor of a multigenerational team.

Who should attend?

This program is ideal for anyone who currently supervises or aspires to supervise a multigenerational team in higher education.


Section One: Why Multigenerational Teams are Important 

As the student body becomes more diverse, having diverse teams among the faculty and staff who support them has never been more critical. In this opening section, you will deepen your understanding of why multigenerational teams are so important, and how as a supervisor you can understand the needs of each generation in ways that preserve trust and allow your team to thrive.    

Section Two: How to Avoid Pitfalls When Supervising Multigenerational Teams  

In this section, we will move beyond generational stereotypes and focus on the specific pitfalls supervisors should avoid when supervising multigenerational teams. Specifically, you will learn how NOT to:  

  • Engage in behaviors that break down trust. 
  • Discount the lived experiences of your team members. 
  • Play favorites based on your generational biases.  

Section Three: Explore Best Practices to Motivate, Communicate, and Build Understanding Across Your Team 

In this final section, we will share strategies you can and SHOULD employ to:  

  • Motivate each generation in ways that speak to their core values and goals.  
  • Tailor your communication style across different generations on your team.  
  • Discover and set workplace boundaries with each individual according to their preferences and comfort levels