By now we’re all familiar with the stereotypes of different generations in the workplace. Boomers are workaholics who respect authority and have a lifelong loyalty to their company. Generation X employees prize a work-life balance. Millennials float from job to job and flaunt managerial authority and are too busy texting to care what you think of that.
Given the popular consensus about office generational gaps–and the abundance of advice columns on bridging them–you’d think evidence for these traits would be strong. That’s not at all the case, says management scholar John Bret Becton of University of Southern Mississippi. “We’re always looking for a reason why people are different,” Becton tells Co.Design. “But at least half of the research shows there’s really not a lot of difference.”
New Millennial research suggests we may be exaggerating the generation gap in the workplace.
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