4 generations pose challenges for workplaces

Millennials rely on direction from others, generation X dissatisfied, finds survey
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/05/2011

With four different generations in the workforce — millennials, gen X, baby boomers and matures — employers are charged with meeting the different wants and needs of each.

While all generations value the same things, they value them in different ways, according to a recent study. Interesting work, clear information, job security, salary, benefits, achievement and supportive supervisors make the top 10 list of work priorities for each generation, found Generational Career Shift, which surveyed 3,000 people across Canada.

“People’s interpretations of those items differ based on where they are in the generational landscape,” said Sean Lyons, an associate professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario and co-author of the study.