Generation Gap Yawns in Recessionary Workplace

Generation Gap Yawns in Recessionary Workplace

Generation Gap Yawns in Recessionary Workplace

Your Response to the Great Recession?Enhance My Skill SetGeneration Y: 35%Generation X: 38%Baby Boomers: 28%
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.
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Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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