Research reveals the benefits of different generations working together

Danielle Wotherspoon from Bellshill has worked at McDonald's for four years
Danielle Wotherspoon from Bellshill has worked at McDonald's for four years

As 16-year-olds born in the year 2000 enter the workforce for the first time new research released by McDonald’s reveals the positive impact a multigenerational workforce can deliver.

McDonald’s commissioned a census of 5,000 people representing each of the five working generations.

The opportunity to work with people of different ages was a key priority for 69 per cent born before 1964 compared to 71 per cent of those born after 1980.

Of those born from 1980-98, 65 per cent would value having an older mentor at work, compared to 56 per cent of those born from 1965-1979.

Mutually, 74 per cent of those of retirement age or above enjoy the opportunity to coach younger colleagues

Shift manager Danielle Wotherspoon (22) from Bellshill started at McDonald’s four years ago, working her way up from crew member.

Her siblings Graeme and Gemma also started working at McDonald’s this year. Graeme now works as crew member alongside Danielle in Rutherglen, while Gemma works full-time at Bellshill.

Danielle said: “I think the main thing that surprised me about working at McDonald’s is just how different every day can be.

“I love working for a company that has such a good ethos when it comes to their employees – it’s a great team which is one of the many reasons I encouraged my sister and twin brother to get involved.”

Kate Walker currently owns six restaurants having opened her first franchise in Bellshill in 2004.

She said: “Here at McDonald’s, we pride ourselves on employing people who can all offer us a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a fresh perspective.

“Everyone from the staff members to the customers can benefit from working with people of all ages and my teams are always helping each other out.”