Views On Employee Loyalty Shift With Generations [Infographic]

employee loyalty views generationsMuch has been written about the how different generations perceive work differently. Baby boomers are largely credited with changing the way in which many Americans work, while those younger -- Gen Xers and millennials -- are credited with bringing new attitudes toward the concept of work.

Data recently gathered by Mercer affirms perceptions that younger employees see things differently than older workers. The consulting firm's latest "What's Working Survey" shows that younger workers often view work-related issues in a brighter light than their older counterparts.

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Yet despite expressing greater satisfaction with their employers, Mercer found that younger workers are also much more likely to be seriously considering leaving their current jobs.

"These findings present a real dilemma for employers," says Colleen O'Neill, talent-management leader for North America at Mercer, in a statement about the findings. Companies must determine which strategy to pursue in their effort to woo and keep younger workers, she says.

"Do they simply accept that young talent is going to leave no matter what the organization has to offer," O'Neill says. "Or do they invest time and resources in an attempt to change the views and employment habits of their younger workers?"

Ultimately, employers must develop an understanding of what they need to offer younger generations of workers to ensure that they stay long-term, she says.

For more on different generations' attitudes toward work, check out the infographic below.

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David Schepp

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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

Schepp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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Good for the younger generation for having the guts to take the risk and seek out any opportunities that come their way. Growing up I was told (taught) by my parents to stay with a company for as long as I can because it was beneficial in the long run. There is a fine line between loyalty and stupidity and no matter the amount of money if you are not happy in your job or with the company for whatever reason it makes sense to leave if you can't work things out or even want too. I personally don't see loyalty as an issue with the younger generation of workers so much as I see not wanting to put forth as much effort, or work as hard but expect to be paid very well for having not done much. And forget about respect that's pretty much gone too.

December 25 2011 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think this article rings true. When I see my younger coworkers or my nieces and nephews they are happy with their jobs. But they will also leave the moment a better opportunity comes along. They are not loyal to their employer because employers now are not loyal to their employees.

December 24 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Yet despite expressing greater satisfaction with their employers, Mercer found that younger workers are also much more likely to be seriously considering leaving their current jobs."

Not too shocking, really. Younger workers have a much better chance of being rehired than us old trolls :-)

Mike G

December 23 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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