Managing Up The Age Ladder
Most Baby Boomers are at a point in their careers where they don't need much direct supervision. However, for the young manager/older employee relationship, it's important to have a frank conversation about boundaries and communication requirements early on, because the potential for misunderstanding and hurt feelings is so much greater when the age difference is reversed. For example, how often, and in what manner, do one expect an employee to inform one about day-to-day events? How do one want him to communicate? Phone? E-mail? Twitter? At what point do one expect him to involve in a problem? Make sure he knows one won't micromanage or interfere with his getting his job done.