Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Study of workplace priorities highlights generation gap

The good news is that all four generations in the Canadian workplace value similar things. What can cause employers headaches is that they value them in different ways, according to a new study.
The snapshot of the priorities of Canadian workers shatters a few stereotypes and highlights factors employers need to keep in mind to motivate their diverse teams, said study co-author Sean Lyons. associate professor of business at the University of Guelph.
The millennial generation, workers in their 20s, are most likely to want a job that offers quick advancement, congenial co-workers and fun.
Generation X workers, in their 30s and early 40s, put the most value on balance between hours at work and their personal lives.
Baby boomers, between 45 and 60, are most likely to say they want to continue to grow and use their skills on the job and get clear information from management on what’s expected from them.
Mature workers, over 60, are actually more concerned with advancement than boomers or generation X.
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