As Boomers find themselves seeking new ways to work, taking on different responsibilities, and moving to other roles, they turn to mentoring to help them close their knowledge gaps. They look for mentors who have specific subject matter expertise and tend to prefer hands-on learning experiences. They value individual achievement, recognition and feedback.
- Challenge them. Boomers value fresh ideas and new opportunities.
- Acknowledge their accomplishments, hard work, and effort.
- Make them feel your interest; connect with them on a personal and professional level.
- Use a tone of respect and engage them as a collaborative partner in the relationship.
- Use appropriate language, but don’t talk down to them.
- Avoid using slang and highly technical terms that are not commonly understood.
- Show that you care.
- Keep the learning fresh and interesting.