Which generation is the hardest working?

New research has analysed the key differences in generations, and has also found which generation of Australians work the hardest.

Which generation is the hardest working?

A number of factors differentiate each generation from one another in the workplace, but which features the hardest workers overall?

While generational stereotypes are a double-edged sword, a new study from career management firm Directioneering surveyed over 170 HR directors and senior managers across Australia, and found 45% viewed Gen X – those born between the early 1960s and early 1980s – to be the hardest working. Baby Boomers placed second (25%), and Gen Y came third (3%).

However, Gen Y was found to be the forerunners in many areas. Gen Y were the most willing to accept change (43%), and most likely to desire a challenge (37%).

A want for clear career progression (59%) and ongoing training (57%), partnered with a mercenary attitude (51%), were the other dominant traits of Gen Y, with Gen X trailing close behind on all fronts.

In contrast, Baby Boomers were found to be the least comfortable with change and least ambitious, but 79% of respondents cited them as the most loyal.

“HR professionals are recognising that employees of different generations have different needs and aspirations and therefore need a tailored approach to talent and career management rather than a ‘one size fits all’ strategy’,” Nick Plummer, managing director of Directioneering International, said.


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