Is there really any difference between the generations at work? What the research actually says

Generational differences at work

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Is there really any difference between the generations at work? What the research actually says


A lot has been written recently about the various generations at work and their attributes, for example generation X, generation Y and generation Z. Indeed, there have been a number of published papers on these very topics trying to identify the differences between the generations at work. The question is is there really any compelling evidence to suggest that the generations really are different from each other?

A new series of studies by researchers from the UK, America and Germany looked at the research evidence over the years to see if there is any evidence for generational differences that are relevant to leadership, followership, leadership development and general work outcomes.

The idea of generational difference

The original idea about generational differences first really raised its head in the research literature around 1927 when researchers claimed that new ‘birth cohorts’ bring a new set of perspectives and a form of shared consciousness to the problems that they see and face as they mature….

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. He is also acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and conducts research at a number of universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more. He has worked with many organisations as a consultant and executive coach including Schroders, where he coaches and runs their leadership and management programmes, Royal Mail, Aimia, Hyundai, The RAF, The Pentagon, the governments of the UK, US, Saudi, Oman and the Yemen for example. In 2010 he developed the world's first and only model and programme for developing emotional resilience across entire populations and organisations which has since become known as the Fear to Flow model which is the subject of his next book. In 2012 he drove a 1973 VW across six countries in Southern Africa whilst collecting money for charity and conducting on the ground charity work including developing emotional literature in children and orphans in Africa and a number of other activities. He is the author of The Ambiguity Advanatage: What great leaders are great at, published by Palgrave Macmillian. See more: About: About David Wikipedia: David's Wikipedia Page