Mixed-age teams

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Mixed-age teams are teams within a company that are structured in such way as to ensure that older and younger staff members work together. The objective of a mixed-aged team is for its members to complete a particular task together and to learn from one other by exchanging knowledge.

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Demographic change is altering the age structure of workforces. Giving the impending skills shortage and the raising of the retirement age to 67, more and more older people will remain in work for longer and work alongside younger colleagues. In future, companies will need to do more to ensure productive cooperation between the generations.

Younger and older employees have different strengths and skills that can complement one another. Younger employees generally have more innovative knowledge, as they bring with them up-to-date knowledge from their training. They also have more pronounced “fluid intelligence”, meaning they can adapt more rapidly to new situations not requiring significant prior learning or experience. Professional expertise and management knowledge are consolidated with increasing age. Older employees can contribute more company-specific experience which, like social intelligence and complex vocational knowledge, is only built up over the course of a person’s life. Combining these different skills and capacities can add significant value for a company.

Mixed-age teams also provide an opportunity for intergenerational knowledge transfer. This can prevent the loss of valuable experiential knowledge when older employees exit the workforce.

The Centre for European Economic Research has shown how mixed-age teams improve the productivity of both older and younger employees. The researchers attribute this to strong positive equalisation effects between age groups activated by mixed-age teams. The benefits of mixed-age teams – knowledge transfer, the performance of tasks according to employees’ capacities and skills – seem to outweigh the possible disadvantages, such as communication problems or generational problems. Nevertheless, workspaces specifically designed to meet age-specific needs are essential for increasing productivity.

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