Old dogs and new ticks

July 9, 2013

According to KPMG, old and young employees are increasingly at loggerheads

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Researchers at KPMG have identified the new source of workplace tension – and it’s all about bright young things getting cheesed off with older colleagues hogging the best jobs.

The consultancy interviewed 1,500 people across five generations, and discovered that the young tykes are more than ready to poison their elders’ Horlicks.

46% of younger correspondents said that older colleagues should retire to give them a chance to progress their careers, whilst concerns were also expressed about old people diluting organisational productivity.

As if that weren’t insulting enough, only 20% of youngsters recognised any value in learning from older workers.

The number of over 65s in work in the UK is now over one million.

Robert Bolton, partner and co-lead of KPMG’s HR global centre of excellence, suggested that the organisations that win will be the ones that ‘can find a way for the Baby Boomers in their workforce to be enablers for the young rather than blockers.’

A young person from a firm we questioned said that the situation was indeed ‘butters’ and even ‘bogus knuckers’, but before we could Google a translation he had disappeared, presumably to hoist up the trousers that were hanging off the back of his arse. AB

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