A Younger Workforce
The vibe at your nine to five is getting a lot younger.
According to Careerbuilder.com it’s not unusual for the person occupying the corner office to be younger than the people they manage. A recent Careerbuilder survey found that 34% of workers say their boss is younger than they are. Fifteen percent of people say in some cases that age difference is at least ten years.
Careerbuilder says age differences are more diverse than ever before; and the wrinkle free face of leadership is leading to a change in work styles and communication. To highlight these differences managers and workers from 25 to 35 and managers and workers 55 and older were surveyed. According to the survey younger workers are more likely to have shorter workdays in the office but tend to be more open to working from home compared with their older counterparts.
For more differences between the young and the old including why younger people are more likely to get promoted keep reading. Respecting your elder just got a lot easier.
Workdays and work styles
Younger workers (25 to 34) are more likely to have shorter workdays in the office but tend to be more open to working from home, compared with workers 55 or older.
On a typical workday, a younger worker:
Works eight hours or less per day -- 64 percent compared with 58 percent of workers 55 or older.
Arrives later than 8 a.m. and leaves later than 5:00 p.m.
Is more likely than workers 55 or older to work after leaving the office -- 69 percent versus 62 percent.
Believes arriving on time doesn't matter as long as work gets done -- 29 percent versus 20 percent.
Workers 55 or older have a more direct approach to working on projects than their younger counterparts:
Sixty-six percent prefer to jump right into executing workplace projects, compared with 52 percent of workers ages 25 to 34.
Only 35 percent of workers 55 or older write out a detailed plan before acting, compared with 48 percent of workers ages 25 to 34.
Although technology tends to create a divide among older and younger generations, it's a mutually agreed-upon area in the workplace. When asked how workers most like to communicate while on the job, the survey found:
Sixty percent of workers 55 or older prefer face-to-face communication, compared with 55 percent of workers ages 25 to 34.
When it comes to emails and text messaging, 35 percent of younger workers prefer this method, compared with 28 percent of older workers.
Talking on the phone is the least appealing option to both groups of workers, as only 12 percent of older workers and 10 percent of younger workers chose this as a preferable method of communication at work.
Time and careers
Perhaps an indicator of why a growing number of bosses are younger than some of the employees they manage, the survey found that younger workers often view their career path through opportunistic eyes:
Workers 55 or older tend to believe that you should stay in a job for at least three years -- 62 percent compared with 53 percent of workers ages 25 to 34.
In contrast, the younger group of workers surveyed believe you should be promoted every two to three years if you're doing a good job -- 61 percent versus 43 percent of older workers.
Forty-seven percent of workers ages 25 to 34 believe you should stay in a job until you learn enough to move ahead, compared with 38 percent of workers 55 or older.
The one thing on which older and younger workers see eye-to-eye? Sixty percent of both groups prefer to eat lunch alone, as opposed to dining with their co-workers.