At Work, Desire for Discourse Differs Among Generations
A new survey finds that the Generation Y work force wants more feedback, better access to managers and greater social interaction than their older counterparts.One-quarter of workers among both Generation X (those born between 1961 and 1981) and Generation Y (born between 1977 and 2003) said that beyond formal reviews, they would like feedback from their bosses at least once a week, if not every day, in a survey released Oct. 18 by New York-based Hudson Index, a staffing, outsourcing and talent management solutions provider and publisher of employment market data. This sentiment was shared by only 20 percent of baby boomer (born between 1946 and1964) respondents and 11 percent of traditionalists (born between 1925 and 1945).
"The challenge for employers is to first understand the differences within their work force and then come up with strategies and processes to attract, engage and retain top talent that make the most sense for their business," said Robert Morgan, chief operating officer of talent management for Hudson North America, in a statement. "Most importantly, they need to understand what motivates the talent in their organization, because nothing is black and white, especially when dealing with employees. Its all shades of gray."