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Sunday, 22 July 2012

what we want from work - generational differences

found via big think - a study by Mercer's What's Working™ survey, conducted among nearly 30,000 employees in 17 markets worldwide from Q4 2010 to Q2 2011.  in summary

global - "there’s more sameness than difference as we look at what people value."

generationally - millennials - willing to take risk, they care less about safety than they do about opportunity, want learning opportunities, job flexibility, room for growth, almost 1/2 of workers under 25 are seriously considering leaving their job, mindset = equal parts realism and optimism, consistency across the globe, more than previous generations value independence over long term job stability

baby boomers - an emphasis on security and the desire to "protect health and wealth" in meaningful work

If these differences in attitude were simply described as age related then would we find that throughout the post 1960's period young 20 year olds at work have always wanted what millennials are described as wanting now?

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