The adage ‘maturity doesn’t come with age, it comes with experience’ applies to multiple circumstances such as sports, workforce, family and in daily life. Talking about the workforce, it’s the responsibility of the chief of people to try and make a perfect balance within the teams.
While ensuring the right team mix makes a lot of sense from a business and culture perspective but it’s easier said than done. With millennials generations and gen Z entering into the workforce with a different approach toward work, people managers find it tough to strike the right team balance.
While experienced people make an integral part of the total workforce in across organizations, many startups and next-gen organizations run mostly with rookies. Time has changed and industry leaders feel that ‘experience’ doesn’t matter much in today’s business scenario.
The average age of players in Chennai Super Kings of Indian Premier League (IPL) is above 33 years. In the last season of IPL, critics debated this but the team won the tournament with flying colors. This time, the team is under the spotlight once again. Their performances however have so far been decent.
This takes us back to the question does age actually factor in the mix of workforce? Ajay Prasad, Vice President, HR, Unison Insurance feels that age doesn’t matter. What matters are enthusiasm, dedication and killer instincts. Having said, it’s the combination of varieties that counts.
“There should be a mix of both senior and young people who can bring different perspectives to work. The strategic mix of people is important and not the age alone,” Ajay argues.
Commenting on CSK’s team mix, Aditya Kohli, Clix Capital agrees that CSK is the ideal example but one can’t ignore the leadership in this team. With a leader like M.S. Dhoni, the team becomes one. It’s the responsibility of the leader to pull all the pieces together and take risks when required. It’s about getting work done from each and everyone –senior, mid and beginner level employees.
Kohli feels the average age of a team plays a critical role. Younger folks are a lot more receptive to change and are keen to learn new skills as compared to the seniors. He said, “We need people with more learning tenacity and people with diverse thoughts and ideas who can execute them within a short span.”
Coming to the workplace scenario, the definition of right mix defers from organization to organization. People in different age groups bring their own competencies. The young ones have the ability of radical thinking while grey hair employees bring more experience, feels Arnav Agarwal, Director of HR, Samsung India.
Anupam Jain, Head HR, FIS Global, feels that age is not a bar for talent. A person coming fresh out of college has the power of learning while experienced employees bring calmness. Both the age group has their expertise that organizations can benefit from.
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