A Harvard researcher has written an article reporting how members of Generation X (born after Baby Boomers but before the 80s), Y (Millennials, 1990s), and Z (born after 1997) are alike and differ when it comes to work. The writer refers to a survey of these generations conducted among nineteen countries. Topics included attitudes to leadership, becoming an entrepreneur, technology, and fitting in with fellow employees. There were a variety of responses from each generation. The writer believes these surveys will be useful to employers trying to understand their work forces.
- The INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Universum and the HEAD Foundation have conducted surveys, spanning 3 generations and 19 countries.
- This research, which gathered data from 18000 professionals and students, was designed to get a bead on the aspirations and values typical to three distinct generations.
- The hope is that the information garnered about generations, x, y and z, will better help companies in their efforts to attract and retain talent from these pools.
“In general, Gen Y and Gen X professionals are more enthusiastic about the coaching and mentoring that comes with management jobs than the higher responsibility.”