Generational differences in work values: Evidence from Canada

Lyons, Sean, Schweitzer, Linda, and Ng, Eddy (2016) Generational differences in work values: Evidence from Canada. In: Sharabi, Moshe, (ed.) Generational Differences in Work Values & Ethics: an international perspective. Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship . Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, USA, pp. 3-18.

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[Extract] We compare the work values of three generational cohorts -- Baby Boomers (born 1945-1964), Generation Xers (born 1965-1979), and Millennials (born in 1980 or later) -- using two samples of working professionals. The two samples were collected in 2002 (N = 1,139) and 2011 (N = 2,707) respectively, using the Lyons Work Value Survey (LWVS). The patterns of intergenerational differences observed within the two samples were examined to assess whether such differences appear to be stable over time. Six work values demonstrated similar patterns of inter-generational mean differences in 2002 and 2011: benefits, supportive supervision, advancement, prestige, co-workers and fun. Another four work values differed significantly among the generations in both samples, but showed differences in the patterns of mean differences: hours of work, balance, challenge, salary, using one’s abilities, and authority. The mean scores for majority of the 19 work value items were lower for the three generational cohorts in 2011 than in 2002: Baby Boomers had lower mean scores on 12 of the items in 2011 relative to 2002; Generation Xers had lower scores on 18 items and Millennials had lower scores on 11 items. These findings provide evidence of stability in inter-generational differences on some work values, while other differences appear to be changing in nature as the various generations move through their life-cycle stages.

Item ID: 58253
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-1-63485-824-3
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2016 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2023 23:55
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