Each demographic group--one at the beginning of their work lives, and the other nearing retirement--may just be happy they have jobs.
Generation gap? What generation gap? At least in the workplace, baby boomers and Millennials see eye-to-eye when it comes to having a positive view of their careers.
Three-fourths of Millennial respondents and 89 percent of boomers reported enjoying going to work every day, according to a study by Randstad, a global provider of HR services. Nearly all boomers (95 percent) and 80 percent of Millennials said they fell inspired to do their best on the job. These workers at opposite ends of the age spectrum additionally perceive a higher morale in the workplace than other age groups, with 69 percent of Millennials and 64 percent of boomers finding a “positive energy at work,” compared to just a 53 percent average among other generational groups.
Of course this may just be a reflection that both demographic groups, one at the beginning of their work lives, and the other nearing retirement, are just happy to have jobs.
A majority of both millennial and mature workers believe the job market will pick up in 2013 (67 percent and 55 percent, respectively) Each also puts a premium on flexibility, computer and technology proficiency, and leadership as the top three skills necessary to advance their careers.
But the survey notes some differences in workplace mindsets between Millennials and boomers. Not surprisingly, a majority (57 percent) of Millennials would give serious consideration to a job offer from another company, while 47 percent would proactively seek out a position with a different employer. Only 20 percent of boomers said they would consider making a career move this year, and even fewer (12 percent) would look for a new job.
Millennials are also more likely than boomers (59 percent vs. 35 percent) to state that the prolonged economic downturn has negatively altered their career plans. Significantly more Millennials than boomers (52 percent vs. 45 percent) find it difficult to disconnect from work while at home, but these younger workers are more likely than their elder cohorts to believe the blurring of lines between work and home has increased productivity (50 percent compared to a 37 percent average).
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.