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Last year, millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. As a result, more and more millennials are being pushed into managerial positions without fully knowing how to manage co-workers their own age.

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Employees in their 20s often find themselves working side-by-side with people old enough to be their parents and grandparents. Misunderstandings, lapses in communication, and other symptoms of the workplace generation gap are bound to happen. Related: 6 Things You Need To Know About Onboarding Millennials Here are examples of four classic challenging scenarios that arise, along with some effective ways younger, less experienced employees can get along with older co-workers--and foster peaceful coexistence and camaraderie in the process.

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Just like when they entered the workplace, Millennials are changing things up as they begin stepping into leadership roles. Gen Y is ready to take on new challenges as they grow professionally, calling for the end of Millennial shaming, a trend that I cover in my recent Tomorrow @Work Trends Report in conjunction with The Hartford. Related: Why Millennials Aren’t Really Lazy Contrary to some stereotypes associated with Millennials, The Hartford’s 2013 Leadership Survey shows Gen Y is motivated to make the transition and become leaders in multiple aspects of their lives.

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It's important to understand how your employees function, especially during the onboarding process. Related: Gen Y: What Sort Of Company Do You Want To Work For?

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