generations job

What different generations want from their job

generations job
Each generation has faced different challenges throughout their lives and find themselves in different social and economic positions. Companies that cater to these are already taking a big step forward in attracting and retaining talent. So, how do we satisfy the wants and needs of each generation in the workplace? First we need to identify them. 

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So where do these wants and needs come from?

Baby Boomers (54-72)

Baby boomers are approaching retirement and are looking to wind down at the end of their career. Things like flexible working and the option to buy holidays can help with improving employee work-life balance.

As we get older we are more likely to face health problems, so boomers tend to have this in mind. Employee benefits which offer advice and savings on healthcare can help employees significantly.


Generation X (39-53)

Generation X’s priorities lie in looking after their family, both young and old. Again, flexible working and the option to buy holidays can help improve work-life balance, allowing employees to spend more time with their family.

According to research, they are also more likely to prioritise independency and prefer to follow their own entrepreneurial instinct. This could be as simple as adopting a different management approach.


Millennials (24-38)

Millennials look for support in education and their career to help with role transitions or the education-to-work transition. There are a huge number of ways to approach this situation. Making the most of the experience of the boomers in your company through mentoring could be effective in this situation. In return, reverse-mentoring can also be beneficial, allowing millennials to teach the older generation about what they know.


Gen Z (23 and younger)

Gen Z have similar priorities to millennials. According to research, they have more worries about the economy and want financial security as a result.

They also face increasing levels of anxiety and depression which is why they seek mental health support more than other generations. Most companies approach this situation by offering mental health advice through their employee benefits package. This could be some simple written advice or the opportunity to confidentially speak to a professional.


Communication is key

Whichever way you go about satisfying your employees wants and needs, it’s important to communicate them effectively. Considering the generational differences in wants and needs shows you care. It can also help to attract talented employees of all generations, which helps to build a workforce made up of diverse skills and experience.


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