Professionals' Feelings About the Multigenerational Workplace

By Robert Half on October 16, 2018 at 10:23pm


How easy or difficult professionals find it to work with colleagues from different generations:


TOTAL* Baby Boomers (1946-1964)** Generation X (1965-1977)** Generation Y (1978-1989)** Generation Z (1990-1999)**
Very easy 40% 41% 37% 43% 31%
Somewhat easy 49% 46% 52% 50% 51%
Somewhat difficult 9% 11% 10% 7% 18%
Very difficult 1% 2% 1% 0% 0%

*Total does not equal 100 percent due to rounding

**Birth years for each generation

Professionals reported what surprised them about working with colleagues from different generations:


Responses from Baby Boomers
“How well they learn from more experienced employees”
“They have different motivational factors (and) want more challenging work”
“They tend to listen to those who have more experience than them”
Responses from Generation X
“The different approaches to work – it varies greatly”
“They are very kind and treat me like family.”
“How similar we all are”
Responses from Generation Y
“(They’re) fun to be around.”
“It’s hard because they organize information differently than I do”
“I like learning from their experience”
Responses from Generation Z
“The way they relate and communicate with me”
“Their willingness to help me understand and work better together as a team”
“We have more in common than initially thought”

Source: Robert Half Management Resources survey of more than 1,000 workers in the United States

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