Illustration: Kagan McLeod
Younger managers—those ages 23 to 48—face rejection by subordinates over their age, finds a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and Jacobs University Bremen, and published in the Journal of Organizational Behaviour.
In a field study of 83 teams of 690 individuals led by young leaders, some miffed subordinates actually opted to resign rather than keep working under their less-aged superiors, creating a negative environment in the organization at large. So it’s important for less grey-haired managers to earn the acceptance of the group—one wrong move, and you could be held responsible for the loss of long-serving and well-liked colleagues
The solution? Whippersnappers shouldn’t involve underlings in decision-making, say researchers, as it hurts their status further. Instead, offer praise for their work—after the fact.