Generational Differences In The Workplace: Personal Values, Behaviors, And Popular Beliefs

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Jane Whitney Gibson
Regina A. Greenwood
Edward F. Murphy, Jr.


generations, values, Rokeach, Baby Boomers


This paper uses popular and academic literature to describe the distinguishing characteristics that differentiate Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y.  The authors then further examine these differences by comparing the results of a survey of 5,057 members of these cohorts, using the Rokeach Value Survey, to the previously generated profiles. Both terminal and instrumental values of the respondents were analyzed.  Results generally confirm the popular profiles and suggest that managers should take these profiles into consideration when leading, motivating, and communicating with employees belonging to these generations.


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