Workplace Data: Insights on Age

Source: Culture Amp, 2018

Key Take-away:
We hear in the news that the workplace factors that matter to millennials are different from older generations (Gen X and Baby Boomers). However, our data suggests that for the most part when it comes to their emotional connection (pride, commitment and motivation) to the company, perceptions of leadership and learning and development opportunities are consistently important, regardless of age.

Highlights:
● When we look across the top drivers of engagement for each of the different age segments, there is very little variation in workplace factors that impact employee engagement (pride, commitment, discretionary effort).

● Regardless of age, perceptions of and confidence in leadership, along with belief that the company makes a great contribution to personal development, are top drivers of engagement.

● Notably, and perhaps a bit surprisingly, the perception that employees can have a positive impact is more important to older than younger employees. Many storylines in the news and research on millennials suggest they care more about having a positive impact than Gen X or Baby Boomers. Our data suggests that Gen X and Baby Boomers are more likely to look for work where they can have a positive impact.

● Perhaps less surprisingly, older employees (who are likely more tenured and more senior) tend to be more likely to stick around and less likely to be looking for a job.

Related:

A new study says older people want the same things from a job as millennials: A good boss and a chance to change the world
Source: Rachel Sandler, Business Insider, April 15, 2018

Culture Amp Older workers are more likely to look for work where they can have a positive impact, new data shows. The study also found that regardless of age, workers want a job where they can develop personally and have confidence in leadership. The survey collected responses from 500,000 employees at 750 companies.