Motivating Generation X and Generation Y Workers Analytical Essay by Nicky

An examination of the motivational techniques and strategies for Generation X and Generation Y workers.
# 150824 | 2,961 words | 19 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 26, 2012 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources)

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The paper defines Generation X and Generation Y values and demonstrates how Gen. X and Gen. Y have fundamentally different expectations with regard to their existing jobs, their perceptions of supervision, and completely different needs for achieving job satisfaction in their work. The paper discusses motivational strategies for Gen. X and Gen. Y and concludes that it takes a highly unique and talented manager to navigate the differences between Gen. X and Gen. Y workers, as each has radically different needs and perceptions of what the workplace is.

Defining Gen X and Gen Y Values Analysis
Motivational Strategies for Gen X and Gen Y

From the Paper:

"Those born between 1965 and1980 is the generation known of as Generation X (Allen, 2004). This is a significantly smaller generation than the Baby Boomers. Demographic researchers have determined that the drop-off in the size of the Gen X generation is attributable to younger Baby Boomers putting off having children until their careers were stabilized and income was more predictable for raising a family on (Allen, 2004). In addition older Baby Boomers had passed their prime child bearing years and had shifted their attention to their careers (Allen, 2004) (Auby, 2008).
"Gen Xers have a distrust of organizations due to many of their Baby Boomer parents being caught in layoffs, losing their jobs in mergers and acquisitions, and in general seeing that the trust between organizations and employees seriously had eroded during their parents' generation. There is also the fact that many Gen Xers have seen their parents' workaholic lifestyles as paying too high a price for financial and material success (Hill, 2004). As a result, Gen Xers strive for self-reliance and independence, see authority as earned rather than given (Allen, 2004) are adaptable, creative and seek balance in their lives over being entirely consumed with their work (Zemke, Raines, Filipczak, 2000)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alch, M. L. (2000, February). Get ready for the net generation. Training & Development, 54(2), 32-34.
  • Allen, P. (2004, September). Welcoming Y. Benefits Canada, 28(9), 51-53.
  • Arsenault, P. M. (2004). Validating generational differences: A legitimate diversity and leadership issue. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 25(2), 124- 141.
  • Karen Auby (2008, August). A BOOMER'S GUIDE TO COMMUNICATING WITH GEN X AND GEN Y. Business Week,(4097), 63-64.
  • Avolio, B. J., & Bass, B. M. (2004). Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, 3rd edition Manual and Sampler Set. Redwood City, CA: Mind Garden.

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