How Four Generations View Tech and Work

By Dennis McCafferty
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    How Four Generations View Tech and Work

    How Four Generations View Tech and Work

    The four generations in the workforce have different perspectives about technology and work, but they all agree that the most critical office tech tool is email.

There's a lot of talk about generational differences on the job. That's not surprising, as there are three generations currently in the workplace, and a fourth that's just starting to work. However, when asked to name the most critical office technology tool, the response was universal: Old-fashioned email still rules the day. This is among the insights revealed in a comprehensive survey recently published by Monster that focuses on the four generations: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z. The accompanying "Monster Multi-Generational Survey" reveals a wide range of insights about both tech usage and work perspectives. The majority of employees, for example, believe "getting the job done" matters more than the time you show up in the office—or the time you leave. Older professionals are more concerned about job security than their younger counterparts. Meanwhile, Gen Y professionals are more inclined to stay connected to colleagues even while taking a day off. And the incoming group of employees, Gen Z, is most likely to consider texting and social media as legitimate business tools. "Each generation brings to the workplace a different set of values and contributions," according to the report. "And these contributions hold huge potential for employers who embrace the diversity of their modern workforce—if they work with employees of all generations to do so strategically, collaboratively and transparently. To be successful, employers need to attract, hire and retain employees across generations, and foster a culture of open dialogue and appreciation for the varied contributions of each generation." More than 2,000 employees and young adults representing the four generations took part in the research, which was conducted by TNS.

This article was originally published on 2017-01-03
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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