Generation Gap Yawns in Recessionary Workplace
Baby Boomers have responded differently from other generational cohorts to the recession-era work environment. While doing more with less has become a management mantra during the Great Recession, not all age-groups have reacted to this new imperative in the same way. Generation X and Generation Y are more prone to working to improve their own reputations with their employers by working harder and working longer, while Boomers – many of them wanting to begin winding down their careers — seem more stubborn in the face of change. A new study from IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology uncovers what each of these generations are doing at work in response to the Great Recession. The majority are taking action — trying to build more skills and their tenure within their company — while many others are holding firm, and a brazen few are actually working less. The study, titled “Workplace Redefined: Shifting Generational Attitudes During Economic Change,” records responses from more than 1,450 North American workers, including 502 hiring managers.