Workers Want Ethics and Transparency From Leaders

By Dennis McCafferty
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    35% of workers from the three generations (Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers) said ethics/fairness is a top-three quality they value in their leaders.

When asked for a "top three" list of qualities they want from organizational leaders, a cross-section of generational employees ranked a strong sense of ethics, honesty and transparency at the top, according to a survey study from IBM. The accompanying report, "Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths," focuses primarily on perspectives held by Millennial workers. However, the findings also provide insights about both contrasting and shared sentiments among the three major workplace generations: Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers—especially when it comes to opinions about their leaders. As for the use of social media to gain a professional edge, Millennials predictably are well ahead of their Boomer colleagues. "The fundamental distinction between Millennials and older employees is their digital proficiency," according to the report. "Millennials are the first generation to grow up immersed in a digital world. Using mobile and social technologies; immediately accessing data, ideas and inspiration; and instantly communicating and collaborating [are] second nature for these digital natives." More than 1,780 employees worldwide took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2015-04-21
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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