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The workplace generation gap has been overhyped

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Driven boomers and Gen X slackers. Xbox millennials and the Greatest Generation. It’s common knowledge that different generations bring different levels of commitment to work. Turns out, common knowledge is wrong.

Contrary to much that has been written about the differences between generations regarding their attitudes toward work and their engagement in their jobs, the variations are actually relatively small, according to new research.

“With the exception of employees age 63 and older, the differences between employees’ levels of engagement in their jobs are fairly narrow,” said Douglas Klein, president of Sirota Survey Intelligence, an attitude research firm.

“Our research dispels the myths about younger employees being more disengaged from their jobs. It also refutes the contention that Generation X employees (ages 28-42) are the most cynical of age groups,” added Klein.

Sirota conducted a major study of cr...(register to read more)

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