What Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers Want

What do Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers have in common? The desire for a more flexible workplace, according to a study recently published in Advances in Developing Human Resources. As organizations compete for talented employees from today’s increasingly multigenerational workforce, managers need to understand these workers’ need for flexibility in terms of where, when, and how work gets done:

The Problem.
One of the most important emerging issues in the field of human resource development is how to effectively help organizations deal with the shifting demographics in the workforce. The largest generational cohort is nearing retirement, which will result in a loss of talent, experience, and expertise. The newest generation entering the workforce is substantively different. The next 20 years will likely see a shift to new ways of working, reflecting the values of the younger generation.

The Solution.
Organizational cultures that will be able to retain employees across generations need to be developed. Each generation seems to be alike in one crucial area: their desire for workplace flexibility. Middle managers need to be incented and trained to accept a culture where they maintain accountability without power and control.

The Stakeholders.
Human resource development practitioners and researchers have a role in developing interventions to change organizational culture to be more flexible, thereby potentially increasing retention of valued workers across the generations.

Read “Creating a Flexible Organizational Culture to Attract and Retain Talented Workers Across Generations,” published by Barbara A.W. Eversole of Indiana State University, Donald L. Venneberg of Colorado State University, and Cindy L. Crowder of Indiana State University on August 10, 2012 in Advances in Developing Human Resources–and stay tuned to the latest research on these and other human resource development topics by clicking here.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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