Intergenerational learning

A new model for talent development


The norms of work-related learning challenge the wisdom that older people teach while younger people learn — with a workforce that is working for more years, this is no longer the standard. Now, workers of all ages contribute to one another, establishing longer and more dynamic careers that defy generational stereotypes and spell the end of the top-down mentoring model.


By 2030, the percentage of the population aged 60 and over is expected to leap, from 12.3% in 2015 to 16.5%. Intergenerational agility is a critical piece of the employee value proposition, and competitive companies will increasingly focus on successfully developing and managing a multigenerational workforce. Organizations will quickly see the benefits of intergenerational learning, including greater efficiency, greater productivity and a more competitive standing.


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About the 2017 Global Workplace Trends

Every year, Sodexo looks at the main factors affecting the world’s workers and employers now — and in the future. These trends resonate across the spectrum of employee experience and can serve as a useful tool for employers navigating a landscape that is ever evolving.

Other trends that might interest you

The agile organization: striking a balance between speed and stability

Organizations are seeking the holy grail of agility—speed plus stability—with an ultimate goal of responding to new conditions, all while keeping employees agile, too, with help from disciplines like mindfulness.

The rise of cross-workplaces: accelerating innovation through chance interactions

The newest iteration of collaborative work spaces takes co-working to a new level, with organizations not only sharing physical space and resources but also intentionally structuring interactions across boundaries to encourage problem-solving approaches that combine strengths to address complex issues.

Employees without borders: understanding the impact of migration on the workplace

The sheer spread and scale of the relocation of workers, in both emerging and developed economies, is driving new opportunities to demonstrate inclusive leadership by evaluating skill needs, availability, location benefits and effective cultural integration.

The new gen of robotics: how robots are transforming the way we work

Robots have been in the workplace for years, and advances in artificial intelligence have led to organizations increasingly using them for jobs that humans used to perform. The newest discussion: exploring the success of robots, especially as they collaborate with people on uniquely human jobs.

Personal branding goes to work: a powerful tool for employees and employers alike

Personal branding is taking on a new life and getting deeper scrutiny, as employers look to leverage the power of employees’ personal brands for the good of the company.

Redefining workplace experience: putting design thinking principles to work

From physical space and technology to virtual work considerations and amenities, the way workers experience their surroundings is key to a happy workforce. Design thinking can help optimize this experience so that it supports employees both within and outside of the workplace.

The 2030 agenda for sustainable development: reframing CSR through a shared vision and common purpose

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call on organizations to work together and with government toward a shared vision. The way businesses interpret and adapt practices will affect not only the progress toward meeting the SDGs but also the needs of a workforce hungry for positive change.

Unlocking the potential of millennial talent: a new understanding of what drives this generation

Why do we need to better understand millennials? Grasping the unique set of attributes that this generation brings to the work table gives us a view into the future of the workplace.

Wellness 3.0: the workplace as a wellness destination

Moving beyond “fixing” or preventing health problems, the current approach to wellness features the workplace as a potential catalyst for healthy living for employees, their families and the community at large.


Mariano Sánchez MartínezMARIANO SÁNCHEZ, Professor, University of Granada.

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  • JODI DAVIDSON, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Sodexo.
  • MARC EFFRON, President, Talent Strategy Group.
  • SEAN HALEY, Regional Chairman and Managing Director of Service Operations, Sodexo U.K. and Ireland.
  • ELIZABETH ISELE, Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship.
  • HÉCTOR MARTÍNEZ, Assistant Professor, INCAE Business School.
  • STEVE TOOMEY, Executive Vice President and Managing Partner for the U.S. Midwest, BTS.
  • PETER WHITEHOUSE, M.D., President, Intergenerational Schools International; Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University.