I was doing some research for a client and came across this report from Monster: Monster Multi-Generational Survey, published in 2016. The underlying survey was concluded in January 2016 and surveyed more than 2,000 across the Boomer, X, Y and Z generations.
I’m actually not a big fan of reports that show how differently each generation at work needs to be treated. I’m more in the camp of how to bring people together rather than solidify their differences. However, this is a very useful report. It’s not long, but it’s full of interesting tidbits. In its descriptions of each of the four generations active in the workplace today, these are the top motivators by generation:
- Health insurance (66%)
- Boss they respect (59%)
- Salary (57%)
- Salary (59%)
- Job security (39%)
- Job challenges/excitement (35%)
- Salary (63%)
- Job challenges/excitement (37%)
- Ability to pursue their passion (36%)
- Salary (70%)
- Ability to pursue their passion (46%)
- Job security (32%)
The generational differences are fascinating. And it’s our job to figure out how to retain these differently motivated employees while we bring them together into effective work groups. A daunting challenge to be sure.
Of particular interest, I think, are the data that describe the differences in technology demands and expectations between the generations. This is a fascinating glimpse into how each generation relates with technology at work and which technology tools they view as most important:
This is a terrific overview of the workplace preferences of each generation. And while we don’t want to build walls between the generations, we certainly do want to leverage technology in a way that will enable higher levels of productivity as well as more complete and effective communication.
I’m always looking for ways to break down walls between employees and create stronger more compelling workplace cultures. Using information like this to more effectively communicate and to build strong relationships make this report interesting.
You can download the report here. It’s a pretty quick read – well worth the investment of your time.