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Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace

Published Thursday Oct 29, 2015

Business leaders bemoan the lack of skilled workers needed to fill jobs as companies grow, but also share fears about the unrealistic demands workers make of workplaces. So what does the next generation expect? That’s the question CareerBuilder, an HR consulting firm, asked 3,000 full-time U.S. workers and 200 high school seniors earlier this year. Some of the results may surprise you.

Meeting Etiquette

Good news managers! Only 13% of high school students agree it is okay to check your mobile device during a work meeting. The bad news: 21% of current workers also thought that.



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Of the next generation of workers, 25% say it shouldn’t matter what time you arrive at work as long as you get your work done, versus 33% of current workers. Workers ages 55 and older were the least likely (23%) to say arrival time doesn’t matter.


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Only 16% of high school students believe you should stay at a job one or two years before moving on, which is on par with current workers' responses (15%). However, 22% of 25-to-34-year-old workers are more likely than their older colleagues to move on after a year or two.




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