The Differences Between Age Groups In The Office
While Gen Y (aka, “Millennials”) start ascending towards higher positions in the office, that doesn’t quite mean Gen X or Baby Boomers are totally out of the picture yet. Currently, all three generations are starting to take similar levels of leadership positions. This is good, as it helps bring a mix of different perspectives to the office. Here’s what makes each stand out, according to a study done by Ernst and Young published on BusinessInsider.com:
Millennials (Gen Y)
78% of respondents agree that they are more tech savvy
70% of respondents agree that they know how to use social media to leverage opportunities
68% of respondents agree that these younger workers are also regarded as being the most "enthusiastic" about their jobs
Gen Y-ers scored the lowest on being a "team player" (45%), "hardworking" (39%) and "a productive part of my organization" (58%).
More Gen Y respondents wanted to know when and how they can get a promotion (13%) compared to Gen X-ers (5%) and Boomers (4%).
(70%) believed that Gen X are the most effective managers compared to managers from the Boomer (25%) or Gen Y (5%) generation
Members of Gen X scored the highest when it comes to being a "revenue generator" (58% of respondents agree), possessing traits of "adaptability" (49% of respondents agree), "problem-solving" (57% of respondents agree) and "collaboration" (53% of respondents agree)
Gen X respondents ranked workplace flexibility as the most important perk (21%)
They are more likely to walk away from their current job if flexibility isn't available (38% versus 33% of Gen Y and 25% of Boomers).
Baby Boomers ranked the highest when it comes to being a productive part of their organizations (69% of respondents agree), "hardworking" (73% of respondents agree), a "team player" (56% of respondents agree), and mentoring others (55%).
Boomers ranked the lowest when it comes to being adaptable (10%) and collaborative.
Boomers (28%) identified benefits, such as healthcare and retirement, as the most important perk compared to Gen X (19%) and Gen Y (147%).