Managing Employees Who Are Older and Have More Experience

You've been promoted at a relatively young age and now manage a group of employees, almost all of whom are older than you.

How do you handle this situation, especially if some of the employees believe they deserved the job and are resentful, and others are not particularly overjoyed about taking direction from someone who is younger and has less experience?

It's a tough situation, but it is quite manageable.

As a starting point, hold a team meeting and let everyone know that you do not plan to launch any arbitrary changes, but intend to hold one-on-one sessions with the staff. Then follow through by sitting down with each person to learn what they think is working, what needs to be changed and what they're most interested in doing.

This post was originally featured on The Washington Post's website.