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Generational differences at work might just be a cliché

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Generational differences at work might just be a cliché

Noemi Nagy

"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today..." (Hesioud, 8th century BC).

The perception of generational differences at the workplace is likely as old as workplaces themselves. However, research evidence accumulates that generational differences are more likely stereotypes than actually existing differences. A study from the USA concluded that stereotypes serve as shortcuts for understanding the environment, and shortcuts are welcome in a busy world. Overall, however, there is no solid theoretical or empirical evidence supporting generationally based differences at work.

Constanza, D. P. & Finkelstein, L. M. (2015). Generationally Based Differences in the Workplace: Is There a There There?. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8, 308-323. doi:10.1017/iop.2015.15