Sunday, March 21, 2010

Big Generation Gaps in Work Attitudes Revealed;_ylt=Ai7skC_.EwEEMh3FCc0MXA8PLBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTNlM2RjZjJvBGFzc2V0A2xpdmVzY2llbmNlLzIwMTAwMzEwL2JpZ2dlbmVyYXRpb25nYXBzaW53b3JrYXR0aXR1ZGVzcmV2ZWFsZWQEcG9zAzQEc2VjA3luX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDYmlnZ2VuZXJhdGlv

Jeanna Bryner
LiveScience Managing Editor jeanna Bryner
livescience Managing Editor – Wed Mar 10, 9:35 am ET
Experiences help to shape life, so it's reasonable to think someone who grew up when John F. Kennedy was shot might have a different worldview than a person who witnessed Enron collapse and has been "wired" since just a tot.

New survey research announced today suggests indeed that is the case: Large generational gaps exist, particularly when it comes to work attitudes. The findings reveal young people just entering the workforce, often called GenMe or Millennials, are more likely than their elders to value leisure time over work and to place a premium on rewards such as higher salaries and status.

"Our results show that the desire for leisure and a better work-life balance starts long before young workers have families, so companies will have to consider new policies for younger people who want leisure time to travel or spend with friends," said Jean Twenge of San Diego State University. "Of course, the generation itself may have to adapt their expectations if they want both higher salaries and more time off."

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