Being a mentor (and a mentee) often means working with and building relationships with members of other generations — both older and younger. Here’s your go-to mentoring guide for cross-generational mentoring relationships:
What They’re Looking For
What to Expect
|Gen Y Mentors are drawn to mentoring because they see growth and development as a priority.|
They’re eager to help others and learn for themselves.
They prefer positive, collaborative, achievement-oriented mentees who will take them seriously.
|Gen X Mentors value individuality.|
They seek work/life balance because they value all their relationships.
They are whizzes at multitasking, and can process lots of information simultaneously.
They expect work to provide challenges and dislike micromanagement.
Feedback on performance and recognition are important to them.
|Boomer Mentors seek innovative ways to work, handle responsibilities and deal with new roles.|
They’re drawn to mentoring to share their subject matter expertise and experience.
They see mentoring as a way of helping them close their own knowledge gaps, especially in areas of technology.
They value individual achievement, recognition and feedback.