Learn from Generation X's managerial style. According to EY's survey, seven in 10 respondents said Generation X was the best equipped to manage teams, compared to boomers (25 percent) and millennials (5 percent). This may stem from the fact that Gen Xers are viewed as having a positive, optimistic outlook. They were least likely to be considered difficult to work with (16 percent) or cynical and condescending (29 percent).
Find a unifying cause to rally around. Whether it's reaching record sales or partnering to streamline dated procedures, focus on objectives that appeal to every age group in your office. "Working around a common goal can help co-workers of all generational stripes build bridges and collaborate more effectively and efficiently," Wells-Lepley says.