What Motivates Employees? The Answer Depends (Partly) on their Generation

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Dalahn Colley , Entrepreneur, United States
The age of retirement has been moved to 60, 65, 70 years and beyond. Where each generation used to pass the baton; there is no baton being passed anymore. We can now find multiple generations (up to 4!) working in the workplace together. There are many intergenerational differences, including work motivation. While every person is different, it is proven that generational similarities such as priorities, motivators, reward preferences etc. do exist. An organization has to address that when creating a motivational plan. There are currently four generations in the workforce / rat race :-). Generational trends and motivators have been researched and identified by experts. To address the employees as a group an effective leader will understand and convey the messages proven to motivate each generation: The generational names are debatable but these are the names I chose to use: 1. The Matures are born prior to 1946. They believe work is an obligation, no news is good news, their employ (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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