Understand and Drive Generational Happiness at Work With This New Research

Do you feel like your generation’s work ethic is different than others? Or that other generations have different priorities in the office?

Generational differences in the workplace are well known, but not many organizations act on them. Even when leaders recognize that their employees’ happiness relies on different factors or that they have other priorities, they are usually unsure of what steps to take to accommodate them.

To better understand how happy each generation is at work, what motivates their happiness and how to turn these results into opportunities to drive employee engagement, we at Cangrade conducted a study.

Here are a few of the data points we uncovered about each generation’s happiness at work:

  • 26% of Gen Z is unhappy at work, and 17% of Gen Z is thinking about quitting their job.
  • The statement “I am proud of the work I do” most correlates to Gen X and millennials’ happiness at work.
  • 40% of baby boomers highly disagree with this statement: “My work is unimportant to my identity.”
  • Baby boomers’ workplace happiness is most highly correlated with this statement: “I get direct answers to my questions at work.”
  • Gen Z’s workplace happiness is most highly correlated with this statement: “My work environment brings out the best in me.”

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Uncovering what drives each generation’s happiness at work was just the first step to arming organizations with the insights they need to drive engagement.  We also identified tactics to maximize the potential and happiness of each generation to create a successful and satisfied workplace. Here are a few of the insights you’ll find in Cangrade’s report:

  • Baby boomers most highly value having their voices heard in the workplace.
  • Gen X values self-direction.
  • Millennials seek opportunities that will allow them to “give back.”
  • Gen Z constantly seeks new learning opportunities.

By understanding what drives each generation’s happiness at work, you’ll be better able to:

  • Promote your teams’ strengths.
  • Fortify their weaknesses.
  • Increase overall job satisfaction.
  • Drive employee engagement.

As organizations struggle with retention, employee engagement and shifts in the job market, leaders must be equipped with information that will enable them to improve job satisfaction, drive employee well-being and retain top talent. Download the full report for all your insights today.

Katherine Chia

Katherine Chia
Dr. Katherine Chia, Ph.D., is a research scientist with Cangrade.

Katherine Chia

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