Attitudes toward Work - Generation Gap at Workplace

What is Attitudes toward Work?

Surveys show that there can be a possible decline in the work ethics values, which features as the main cause of conflicts in workplace among people of this generation. Generation X is termed as the Slacker Generation by the employers who say that the workers of this generation are less committed to work and do not like working extra time if desired by the management.

It is believed that the workaholic Boomers had initiated the non-committal trend, with respect to the view and the Generation-Y people do not work as hard as their older peers do.


Simola & Sutton, once conducted a comparative surbey between the employees ageing 27 and 40, versus to those with 41 and 65, among those whose living in 1974 and those living in 1999. The survey suggested the below things

  • Number of workers who felt a sense of pride in doing their work has dropped drastically in both the age groups in 1999 survey, in comparison to the survey conducted during 1974.
  • Both set of 1999 registered groups, drop in the work value among the employees and managers in comparison to 1974 groups. Managers had started treating workers like resources instead of contributing members of the organization.
  • Both the groups of 1999 year,did not agree to the concept that the manner in which one does his job should be taken as an indicator of his commitment towards his organization. A person’s value should solely be calculated on his output.
  • It is believed by the groups of 1999 that work should not be termed as the most important part of one's life and there is no relevance of hard work if a person’s personal life is not fulfilling.
  • It is further concluded that the young workers have developed a less idealized view of the work as compared to the younger ones after witnessing the lack of employer's loyalty towards its employees.
  • Contrast to the previous view, we have seen the ethics at work which has come down with the age. Another study suggested that work ethics altered with the increase in the age.Simply, younger employee look for high ethic work than older one.

Boomers are also characterized by their process-oriented approach, while on contrary the younger generations are result-oriented. They believe in high productivity and have the ability to meet deadlines, but they want flexibility. However, this point is not included in the current studies conducted by various researchers.

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