If you find yourself avoiding '70s, '80s (or even '90s) cultural references whenever your boss walks in the room, you're not alone: Slightly more than one-third (34%) of American employees work for a younger boss, and 15% work for a boss who is at least 10 years younger.
At least, this is one age spot CareerBuilder's new generational survey hands us:
"Age disparities in the office are perhaps more diverse now than they've ever been. It's not uncommon to see 30-year-olds managing 50-year-olds or 65-year-olds mentoring 22-year-olds," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "While the tenants of successful management are consistent across generations, there are subtle differences in work habits and views that all workers must empathize with when working with or managing someone who’s much different in age."So don't make any Bobby and Cindy analogies, and for gosh sakes don't make any "Frankie Say..." or Alf references. Ever, ever, ever. You're already skating on thin ice and you don't need Doogie Howser giving you that blank stare again. Go online for some advice. Or maybe your boss watches the TV Land network, and will get your rich Corinthian leather references, and so all is well. The line to color over your grays forms to the right, and please don't crowd.