At one end, there are significant numbers of older mid-managerial women that have navigated the corporate ladder and want to pass along their wisdom to the young upstarts just entering the workforce. Six in 10 Boomers (60%) say they enjoy helping younger employees navigate the workplace, according to the Center for Work-Life Policy. They also want to help them as early as possible. Two in three women over age 50 prefer to mentor women in their 20s than women in their late 30s or 40s, according to Marymount Manhattan College.
On the other side, Millennial women searching for mentors find themselves being approached by women they can’t relate to. They say these older co-workers are old-fashioned, too judgmental and don’t understand their values. In fact, communication style (72%), technology use (65%), work style (53%), and priorities (52%) are the four most reported clashes between Millennial women and their older colleagues, according to the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPWF).