<strong>GREED: Thou shall be thirsty for — and accepting — of progress. </strong>The inability to be flexible can prove disadvantageous to many senior professionals. One of the biggest mistakes made by older employees is their resistance to change, especially innovations in technology, Jackson says. The inflexible employee is likely to be looked over by someone who is less rigid and eager to learn new things. She advises professionals to understand that change is going to happen, regardless of whether they accept it or not. “Everyone should try to be relevant in the workplace.” If older professionals are willing to adapt, the possibilities for their career success are unlimited. Senior staff must be open to continuing education, training, and advances in technology. “Being a life-long learner can add value to their careers.”
<strong>GLUTTONY: Thou shall not hoard wisdom and opportunities. </strong>It’s not uncommon for a seasoned employee to withhold knowledge from younger counterparts in hopes that their contributions will always be needed if they’re the only one with the information. As a result, older employees often refuse to share or teach younger professionals how to get the job done. This is a deadly sin because it shows management that you aren’t a team player and aren’t willing to do what’s best for the greater good. Senior professionals should see the value in being able to teach a younger professional. “Their expertise allows them to coach and mentor people in a way that some younger generations may not,” Jackson says. Keeping knowledge to oneself isn’t a form of job security; It’s a sign of selfish ambition which should be avoided at all costs.
<strong>ENVY: Thou shall not focus on advantage of youth, but concentrate on furthering career development. </strong>As the demographic changes in the workplace, many senior staff feel like outsiders, Jackson says. When senior staff members feel unwanted and invaluable, they usually become disengaged and ultimately resign or are asked to leave. Rather than quitting, Jackson suggests channeling your skills and experience into opportunities for professional growth. Seek to learn from younger counterparts while also teaching them from your own experiences. Jackson also encourages senior professionals to remain contemporary, constantly learning and sharing.