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In my boyhood days, late sixties / early seventies, we watched a British TV children sitcom series, a family with twin boys around twelve. One episode was spun around one of them asking "Mom, what is 'sex'?" The mother attempts to give a decent answer to the question; that makes up the main part of the episode. When she is through, the boy asks "Do I have to write all that?" The mother doesn't understand: "Write where?" "I was filling in this application form for the summer camp, and there is line that says 'Sex'..."
Ideally, I know it should never matter but,
All through my experience, I'd been reporting to someone who's senior to me by age or experience.
First time I'm reporting (Like sending status) to a guy who's younger to me by these factors.
It kinda felt weird to start with. But now settling with it.
Fortunately, he happens to have a good attitude with people and handling it right. (And he also happens to be a scientist, and generously explaining things. so, me sitting on the listening end, most of the times)
I am 55. My immediate boss is 7 years younger than me, and his boss is 7 years younger than him. It works out quite well - they are much better than me at administration and office politics (very important in a large company), so they keep the distractions out of my way while I work.
With insecure or incompetent younger bosses, I can see how this would be a living hell.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
-- 6079 Smith W.
I don't recall ever having a direct report being younger than myself, but I've certainly been the on the other end. When I was a production supervisor in my very early 20's, I had team-members who were often 2 to 3 times older than myself. You run into those who have issues with the age, for whatever reason, but most people just wanted to do their job and go home. I opted to take care of the people I worked with, and the performance improvement reflected their satisfaction, I feel.
Yup. My manager is my son's age. Best manager I've ever had, it's quite amazing.
Previous job, my manager was much younger than I, one of the worst managers I've ever had the displeasure of working with.
For me, it's not an odd experience. I actually quite enjoy working with younger people -- fresh ideas, more flexible, more trusting, etc. As I noted, there are of course exceptions, but in that previous job, I think the exception stemmed from trying too hard to tow the corporate policy line (an insurance company, so pun intended), insecurity, and frankly, having risen through the ranks to a position of incompetence -- the classic big corporation ladder climbing effect.