Why Generational Differences at Work Don’t Actually Matter That Much

Generational stereotypes at work are pretty common. For example, the thinking sometimes goes that older workers are more loyal to their jobs than younger workers or that younger workers are lazy and don’t make good managers.

It turns out that differences among the generations in the workplace are pretty small. Using a meta-analysis of 20 workplace studies primarily in the U.S., Fundera debunked a number of generational stereotypes, such as older generations are more satisfied at work, more committed to their jobs, and less likely to leave than younger generations.

Data from the Center for Creative Leadership also show that all generations largely value the same things at work: feedback from good managers, respect, and the ability to learn. Read the full findings about generational differences at work and learn how to minimize age bias among employees. The infographic below highlights a few of the key findings.

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Meredith Wood is a vice president at Fundera. She is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending and frequently contributes to SBA, SCORE, Yahoo, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, MyCorporation, Small Biz Daily, and StartupNation.