Intergenerational Work - Data Breakdown by Age

By on October 2, 2017 at 12:20pm

WHO’S THE BOSS?

How comfortable would you be REPORTING TO a manager who is YOUNGER than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Very comfortable 37% 51% 59%
Somewhat comfortable 47% 34% 28%
Somewhat uncomfortable 12% 10% 13%
Very uncomfortable 4% 4% 0%

What’s the biggest challenge in reporting to a manager who is younger than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Different work ethics/values/expectations 21% 30% 33%
Different leadership/learning styles 22% 21% 14%
Different communication styles 15% 11% 15%
Different motivations/Incentives 14% 7% 3%
Different ways of using technology 4% 9% 5%
No challenges 24% 22% 29%

How comfortable would you be MANAGING a worker who is older than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Very comfortable 41% 65% 74%
Somewhat comfortable 46% 29% 23%
Somewhat uncomfortable 12% 6% 3%
Very uncomfortable 1% 1% 0%

What’s the biggest challenge in managing a worker who is older than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Different work ethics/values/expectations 24% 17% 10%
Different ways of using technology 16% 19% 19%
Different communication styles 20% 10% 9%
Different leadership/learning styles 13% 15% 9%
Different motivations/Incentives 14% 13% 20%
No challenges 12% 26% 33%

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 439 workers in Canada.

Some responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

© 2017 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company.

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