Think Gen-Y is the problem? Think again. Baby Boomers are the real threat to workplace stability!
Generation Y is often portrayed as difficult to deal with, overly-demanding and the bane of a manager’s life. Yet, according to new research by Leadership Management Australasia (LMA), Gen-Y is looked upon favourably by most workplace leaders and employees across generations.
Among 14 L.E.A.D. Survey questions, participants were asked which generation they would prefer to work with and which generation they would prefer to report to in the future.
Only 4% of both Gen-X and Gen-Y chose Baby Boomers in the “Work With” question with 14% and 8% respectively nominating Baby Boomers in the Report question.
In the future, to work with –
•ONLY 17% of Baby Boomers prefer their own generation, 40% prefer Gen-X, 27% Gen-Y
•57% of Gen-X prefer their own generation, 32% Gen-Y, 4% Baby Boomers
•53% of Gen-Y prefer their own generation, 29% Gen-X, 4% Baby Boomers
In the future, to report to–
•41% of Baby Boomers prefer their own generation, 33% Gen-X, 5% Gen-Y
•71% of Gen-X prefer their own generation, 14% Baby Boomers, 6% Gen-Y
•50% of Gen-Y prefer Gen-X, 24% their own generation, 8% to Baby Boomers
(Remaining percentages in all categories covered Gen-Z and declarations “not to work with or report to anyone else”.)
The results are weighted to reflect the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data (2011): Pre-boomers (born before 1945) – 2%; Baby-boomers (born 1945-1962) – 26%; Generation X (born 1963-1980) – 39%; Generation Y (born 1981-1995) – 32%; Generation Z (born 1996 or later) – less than 1%.