At Evolve IT it's on for young and old

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Evolve IT has always had a wide spread of ages. It has workers as young as 22, the oldest is around 60 and there are plenty in between in their mid 20s and 30s. There are no 40 year olds yet but if they come, they will be fitted into the firm’s unique culture.

As a small reseller, Evolve IT has picked up numerous awards as a Microsoft partner and has been named CRN’s Regional Reseller of the Year.

Evolve IT has always had a wide spread of ages because it is a family company. Nick Moran is managing director, his father Ges is the financial officer and his mother Chris comes in two to three days a week to work on administration.

Raymond Farrugia, Evolve IT’s purchasing manager, says that despite the wide mix of generations at the workplace, generational differences have never been an issue at the firm. Much of that, he says, is because of the company’s culture. Having just a staff of 20 makes it much easier for the managers to accommodate differences. In the end, he says, it is all about respect.

“Being a small company of 20 employees, everyone is in everyone else’s pockets anyway. We are all on the same floor and there are no barriers,’’ says Farugia, a baby boomer.

“We all speak to each other, we all hear each other.

“It certainly isn’t a politically correct environment. There are some very aggressive comments and activities that take place. No one is backward in coming forward, you say what you think. There is not too much dancing around unless someone is in a particularly sensitive situation.”

Are there generational differences when everyone is in each other’s face? Do the younger ones cope with that? Do the older ones back off? “The older ones tend to respond in kind to the opportunity,’’ Faruggia says. “We tend to be a bit more subtle but we have our baseball bats as well.

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