More Alike Than Different: What Generations Value and How the Values Affect Employee Workplace Perceptions

Jennifer Mencl, Scott W. Lester

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to extend generations research by investigating similarities and differences regarding the importance generations place on the presence of various workplace characteristics. We hypothesized (1) that similarities in the importance of workplace factors between generations would be more prevalent than differences and (2) that the importance of the workplace factors would have consistently similar or different moderating effects among generations on the relationships between employee perceptions of the factors at their organizations and employee attitudes. As expected, results showed the generations were similar on 7 of the 10 work values examined. Findings also revealed similarities and differences between the generations for the factors as moderators, although more differences than similarities were present from these analyses. Implications of these findings as well as directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-272
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 12 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • employee attitudes
  • generations
  • work values

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