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Study of Workplace Priorities Reveals Generation Gaps

November 2, 2011 11:23 by vstgerard

A new study reveals the career-related differences among the four generations of workers in today’s workplace: Matures (born in 1945 or earlier), Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Generation Xers (born between 1965 and 1979), and Millennials (born in 1980 or later). More than 3,000 Canadians were surveyed to determine if there were significant inter-generational differences in their work priorities, career attitudes, career experiences, and career outcomes.

Among the findings, data provide evidence of generational differences in terms of work priorities. The youngest generation, the Millennials, placed more importance on work characteristics that lead to self-improvement, as well as social aspects of the workplace. In contrast, the values of Generation X employees emphasized the need to find a balance between work and personal facets of life. Both Boomers and Matures were concerned with staying relevant in an ever-changing work environment. However, these oldest two generations differed in that Boomers remained focused on advancement and achievement while Matures were striving to leave a lasting impression in their organizations.

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