Which generation is the hardest working?

by Cameron Edmond30 Sep 2013

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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