Get them talking:  Who on your crew is much older than you are?  Who is younger? How is that going? Keep them talking: What have you learned about working with people from a “different generation”? What do you think folks said about you and your peers when you were starting… and what will they say about you in ten or twenty years? Points to consider: It can be intimidating to be a boss to someone your parents age!  Similarly, when we supervise people who could be our kids, we often treat them like kids. The best leaders focus on the work to be done, and look for ways to leverage their team members’ experience.  If a guy has been doing this since you were a in diapers, that’s okay — ask for their input and advice.  But don’t forget that you’re the boss.  And if someone on your crew looks like they might still be in diapers, don’t assume they don’t have ideas and suggests — ask for their input too.  But don’t forget that until they prove themselves, you need to keep an eye on them. Learn more: How to Manage Five Generations in the Workplace Characteristics of Generations