By Lauren White, RCS Reporter.
The Heidi and Vickie Show is centered around discussing issues that affect the roofing industry. In this episode, Vickie Sharples and Heidi Ellsworth, both RoofersCoffeeShop® partners, discuss a blog Heidi wrote concerning older and younger generations working together.
Besides roofing, one of Heidi’s favorite topics is understanding the opportunities available for older and younger generations to learn from each other. The question Heidi answered in her blog is, “How do you use or value the young people in your company, are you educating them or are they helping educate you?” There are twelve different statements Heidi and Vickie discuss surrounding how to work together in order to bring out the best in every generation.
Heidi comments that more often than not, the younger generation is just told to do something without explaining why and how it matters. This also applies in the business world. If an employee from a younger generation understands the big picture of the company and thinks of it, “...as your own business and your own brand, you’re going to treat it with that kind of respect, and every job deserves that kind of respect,” Heidi reveals. If young people comprehend the value of what they’re doing and are mentored to be the best versions of themselves, they’ll thrive.
They also discuss the notion of leading by serving. Heidi explains that, “True leaders are the ones who are coming back and working side-by-side, shoulder-by-shoulder, making things happen, and showing by example...” The younger generation wants to be respected and they appreciate working with people who will work with them and show them what to do, instead of just telling them. Not only does this help build loyalty, but also makes the person a better employee.
Young people can gain a lot of useful information from the generations ahead of them. And in the business world, empowering them to be the best versions of themselves will warrant better employees and better results. Young people will learn better and be more respectful if they feel valued and understand the bigger picture of the business.